Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Over the course of the next year, the [New York] Department of Education will introduce into all of its elementary and middle schools “Operation Respect: Don’t Laugh at Me,” an intensive curriculum in character development. The program, which is the brainchild and heart’s desire of Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary, aims to combat bullying by emphasizing the moral lessons of folk music.Peter Yarrow? You mean Peter Yarrow of that 60's powerhouse musical group Peter, Paul & Mary and convicted child molester, later pardoned by Jimmy Carter?
I was afraid of that. And I become even more fearful:
The [outreach video] included accounts of book-slamming, sandwich-spitting, and shin-kicking, as well as footage of a rendition of “Don’t Laugh at Me” that Yarrow had performed at the United Nations. “A ridicule-free world,” a soothing voice intoned. “It’s possible, but only with everyone’s help.”How shocking.
Next up was “The Big Betrayal Conflict Script,” a skit about two friends, Terry and Sasha, who get into a fight at a basketball game. The exercise emphasized using “I messages,” as opposed to those that begin with “you” and, therefore, can put their targets on the defensive. (DLAM also recommends having students simulate the sound of a rainstorm and discuss a story called “The Maligned Wolf.”)
“Just make sure they’re sticking to the formula,” Hurdle-Price advised. “I often get students who say, ‘I feel that you are stupid.’ ”
(Via political theory daily review)
So sorry. Right now I'm laughing at you.
(No, wait, BECAUSE of you. That's different!!)
A "ridicule-free world?" I'm not sure that works for me. But, if we can no longer ridicule the likes of Michael Moore, can we at least throw junk at him? Gotta have a back up plan in case this retro-hippie garbage catches on.
A ridicule free world sounds like a absolute nightmare. The heart of most of the best comedy is ridicule. Folk music is clearly the tool of Satan.