Friday, March 31, 2006

What Have We Learned?

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal's "Best Of The Web Today" feature, here's a funny/sad little anecdote for the day: Apparently an Orlando-area public school thought that it would be a good idea to teach kids about the Holocaust by making some arbitrarily-selected group of them wear yellow stars, and restricting them from using the drinking fountains. Brilliant, or rather it would be brilliant, if that was the way that children actually learned these things. When asked about the little social experiment, one boy simply said "the only thing I found out today is I don't want to be Jewish." Way to go, guys. Way to go. Personally, I think that it's far less important to empathize with the people who were mistreated than it is to learn that there was no reason to mistreat them, or for them to be mistreated. It seems that in this case you can either teach kids that it's wrong to mistreat Jews, or you can just teach kids that it sucks to be Jewish, because Jews are victims. Anyways, have a good weekend. More wonderments to come in due time.

5 comments:

berdingo said...

"What did we learn? That reminds me of something Linus said."

DaWheeze said...

Hmmm, some backfiring going on. But do you really think an eigth grader in a public school would actually say "daddy"? Poor kid is probably in for some teasing.

D.Cous. said...

Heh heh, good point.

Lindsey said...

Wa ha, that's funny. I hope they don't attempt a similar "educational experience" at my work. Just tell the kids hating is mean and be done with it.

DaWheeze said...

Hey Donal! I took your advice and watched the video in your last post...how in the world did you find that? Crazy, crazy film...