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Eeny meeny miney mo - another rhyme has had to go..

Britain, UK news from The Times and The Sunday Times - Times Online

... Instead of singing “Baa baa, black sheep” as generations of children have learnt to do, toddlers in Oxfordshire are being taught to sing "Baa baa, rainbow sheep".

The move, which critics will seize on as an example of political correctness, was made after the nurseries decided to re-evaluate their approach to equal opportunities.
Stuart Chamberlain, manager of the Family Centre in Abingdon and the Sure Start centre in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, told the local Courier Journal newspaper: "We have taken the equal opportunities approach to everything we do...."
In keeping with the new approach, teachers at the nurseries have reportedly also changed the ending of Humpty Dumpty so as not to upset the children and dropped the seven dwarfs from the title of Snow White.

OK I'll be a critic but I won't seize on it as an example of Political Correctness - I'll call it plain daftness. And this approach is not protecting children it is ruining their lives, the world is not made of cotton wool. I'm still extremely pissed off at a some absent mummy who upset the elder Englishette. The nursery she goes to looks after the children fantastically, and if I didn't trust them I wouldn't let them look after my children. A special trip was planned, our little girl was all excited about it, we had got her all dressed up, packed her wheelchair, put on her special outdoor gloves and when she gets to the nursery some pushy mummy had telephoned from work to say she wasn't happy, could she be sent the risk assessment form, staffing details etc before her little darling could go on the trip. The hassle caused the trip to be postponed and a lot of upset little children. I hope the sanctimonious cow felt she had done a good days work, and after the nanny had dried the tears and mummy had eventually popped into to see her daughter after a busy day at the office her little darling still gave her "what for".


So if "black sheep" is a no-no, why is "Snow White" ok?

Meanwhile a full photonic spectrum pride march went ahead in ...

It's really just an Education Ministry subtext for the real lesson-plan, "Baaa Baaa Red Sheep, Give Comrad Your Wool"...

I doubt her motivation is sanctimony; it's probably guilt. The nursery took the typical easy, coward's way out, to the detriment of everyone except the person causing all the trouble.

A preferable way of handling it would've been to tell her that notice was given of the outing (however long) ago and that the time to voice any objection or worry was then, because it's too late, now. Therefore, her child will have to stay at the nursery (better yet, be collected, thus causing maximum hassle to the offending party by giving her as much notice as she gave them), because the rest of the children are ready to go and are being detained.

You should write a letter to or call the nursery and make your feelings known, Mr. Englishman. It's not gonna do any good telling us and it's a fair bet the offending mum doesn't read your blog. Your little girl's day was ruined. You have every bit as much right to make a stink as that woman does, and her actions make it clear that complaining works - so, if you haven't already, please do. At least make the nursery put a policy in place whereby any parent with an objection to an outing makes that objection known in plenty of time, so that this doesn't happen again.

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