The Curmudgeon


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Fine Educational Tradition

A brief squib from the Associated Press reports that the forces of political correctness are attempting to deprive modern juvenile resources of one of childhood's most incentivising educational experiences. A campaign against bullying, of all things, is to be launched on the Cartoon Network (probably one of the few places in the world where bullies are defeated by their victims on anything like a regular basis) and on CNN. Both of these organisations, of course, are based in a country whose foreign policy consists of attacking those weaker than itself, and whose domestic policy consists of attacking those poorer than Christian conscience can stand; so American school bullies may soon be learning, if they haven't already, to claim that the pain they inflict is part of an agenda for democratic change. The campaign will include "a series of new public service ads, as well as online materials on tactics that kids can use when they witness bullying", doubtless with the traditional and prudent tactic of joining in on the side of the stronger party being near the top of the list. It is not at all clear how a childhood free from bullying is supposed to prepare anyone for life as an adult in a world where the only viable career choices for ninety per cent of the population will be in call centres, fast food outlets and the armed forces; but the Cartoon Network in its infinite wisdom is presumably working on the matter.


  • At 10:26 pm , Anonymous Madame X said...

    "Years later, it seemed to him that nowhere were children less understood, and nowhere was the canting superstition about children so professed, as in the schools of America.... A male child of delicate sensibility, of poetic quality, of exquisitely tempered mettle, must blunt his razor edge, or suffer the crucifixion of ridicule, brutality, and physical abuse." - Thomas Wolfe

    Not much has changed in the intervening century.


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