We had access to all the Noddy books, and never once did we see any gay or racial overtones in the books – we just loved the stories.
This isn’t the only nursery rhyme the PC brigade feels is wrong.
If I was a parent or a teacher I’d be offended that the PC brigade doesn’t consider me qualified or intelligent enough to teach my child a nursery rhyme that has been such a wonderful part of our childhood.
It’s claimed this nursery rhyme has nothing to do with race – its origins date back to the 13th century and refers to taxes imposed upon wool by the king.
Instead of tampering with harmless nursery rhymes consider the computer games children play, the websites they visit and the films they watch.
Thankfully the PC mentality seems to be confined to a small part of society.
I visited Cirencester Royal Agricultural College in 1991, and remembered this nursery rhyme while watching the absolutely filthy WHITE sheep grazing in a field!
There’s an element of society that is concerned with the way we use the word BLACK.
Childhood required special clothes, from infant wrappings to miniature versions of adult dress. In wealthier families there were cradles, walking frames, and specially made toys. The metal toys already mentioned were only a small part of the stock of toys in use. Dolls, known as “poppets,” must have been widespread, but they have not survived since they were made of cloth or wood. Children are mentioned making their own toys: boats from pieces of bread, spears from sticks, and small houses from stones. Many games were played, from games of skill with cherry stones or tops to activities such as archery, football, and dancing. The oral culture of children is not recorded until the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, when scraps of verse and songs are noted in books, especially school notebooks. These point to the existence of nursery rhymes similar to (but not identical with) those of later times, as well as to children knowing and sharing in the songs and phrases of adults.
The education of children in England can be traced from the seventh century. Initially it centred on the training of boys as monks, girls as nuns, and other boys as “secular clergy”—those clergy who lived in the everyday world and eventually ministered in parish churches. This education was based on the learning of Latin and was usually provided in monasteries and nunneries. Education spread to some of the laity as early as the seventh century, and by the end of the ninth century it often took the form of learning to read and write in English rather than Latin. Schools of a modern kind, free-standing and open to the public, first appear in records in the 1070s and became very numerous thereafter, although monasteries and nunneries continued to do some educational work. Boys were usually sent to school, while girls were taught at home. We cannot say how many children were educated, but the number was substantial and probably grew considerably after about 1200. Education began by learning the Latin alphabet, and many boys and girls proceeded no further, using the skill chiefly to read in their own language, either English or, between the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries, French. Only a minority of boys went on to learn Latin grammar and to become proficient in the language. Women (even nuns) rarely learnt Latin grammar after 1200, and their abilities in the language were chiefly restricted to being able to pronounce texts from Latin prayer-books in a devout manner, without a full understanding of the meaning.
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Nursery Rhymes in Kindergarten! Number practice activities include counting, number match, number words and more. Comes with nursery rhyme booklet, too!
People are going to have such fun, particularly when one considers these titles:
Four Stiff Standers (naughty little boys!)
One For The Money (define one, please)
Ride a Cock Horse (contains a colloquially naughty term)
Fe Fi Fo Fum (xenophobic – the blood of an Englishman)
I Am A Pretty Dutch Girl (xenophobic and vain!)
Here’s the site where people have contributed their nursery rhymes about subjects like Three Visually Impaired Rodents:
My friend Joyce’s baby shower back in March. Her friends and family gathered around for a few classic shower games and delicious cake. Tobin had recently gone through a nursery rhyme phase, so I won the game answering questions about nursery rhymes. =)