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I’m a teacher. Learning is precious to me. I’m looking forward to teaching a class at our church’s home school co-op. It will be all about the history and specific political meanings behind some of our most well-known nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Doing the research has been enlightening, to say the least.
The Grimm’s Brother’s Fairy Tales were grim, indeed. Horrible, bloody, often tainted with sexual impropriety. I won’t be sharing that with my students. They range from 7th-12th grades, and I don’t think they need to know that our Disney-fied versions were much darker originally. Some of that I was already aware of. Other things, not so much.
For instance, did you know that in most of the stories we know, it wasn’t the step-mother who was evil, jealous, and murderous? No, it was the mommy. The dear, sweet, nurturing mommy. Huh. Maybe Disney’s version has been responsible for a lot of unfair characterization of step-mothers, you think?
The nursery rhymes are more fun, although most of them did have a dark side. There is a belief out there, not shared by all, that “Ring Around the Rosie” has to do with the bubonic plague. Maybe, maybe not.
Anyway, this information has been most interesting to gather and to put into classroom form. My students, the ones who attend my church, are telling me they really can’t wait. How cool is that? There are several who don’t attend our church,but who made it clear at the end of our last class in April that they were already looking forward to the fall subjects.
There is nothing any more satisfying than to teach students who enjoy learning. I love it.