Bah bah, baa baa

Contributed by admin on Oct 19, 2004 - 04:15 PM


Dear Ed

It beggars belief. What are the Hawkinge under 5 pre school thinking?

Is the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep likely to cause our children to have an unbalanced view of the world when they grow up?

Is the word 'black' something which has to be balanced with the word 'white'?

Or is it political correctness gone mad - yet again?

You may be thinking the pre-school has banned Baa Baa Black Sheep, but you would be wrong. In fact they have added a new nursery rhyme to their repertoire, yes, you've guessed it - Baa Baa White Sheep.

If it ain't acceptable as it is, just don't sing it - you wouldn't change the Procul Harem song  'A Whiter Shade of Pale' to a ' A Blacker Shade of Dark'.

And what's wrong with Red Sheep or Yellow Sheep or Brown Sheep, will these be added shortly. Certainly not Yellow Sheep, it wouldn't fit the iambic pentameter.

But just in case they are thinking o­n those lines, why not just call it Baa Baa Sheep. Probably because they would then have to include Baa Baa Cow or Baa Baa Horse, Chick Chick Chick Duckling and so o­n.

Oh dear, stop me now, I think I'm becoming as silly as the pre school.

J Cullen