Kindergarten Korrectness

Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails…

Of course the federal government tried to downplay the threat of large fines for childcare centres with its new Education and Care Services National Act. It included fining workers for excluding misbehaving children from group activities, or for daring to engage the children in “activities that are inappropriate, having regard to each family’s family and cultural values”. This could well exclude children for Easter egg hunts or decorating a Christmas tree.

Childcare Minister Kate Ellis said yesterday the regulations did not ban any cultural activities. She added that “the suggestion that any childcare worker would be fined $50,000 for sending a child to the naughty corner is ridiculous and plain wrong”.

One must wonder how a bureaucracy could draft such stupid things. However, these people have form. I remember that back in 1994, guidelines were introduced by the powerful National Childcare Accreditation Council, drawing up gender guidelines known as the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System. These were going to protect our children from Cinderella, Robin Hood, The Three Musketeers, Superman, the Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland and fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers.

Along with this folly, childcare workers were instructed to no longer distinguish between the sexes, such as telling a little girl she was pretty or a little boy that he was strong. They were not even to say “good boy” and “good girl”. At the time, childcare centres were made aware that failure to implement the guidelines, which were to be policed by assessors, could result in the loss of accreditation and government funding.

Thank goodness for an active press that has the power to shame these bureaucrats out of their crazy zeal.

For the record, I copy here the nursery rhyme  that I was privileged to be able to learn before the gender feminists got to us all.

What are little boys made of?

What are little boys made of?

Frogs and snails
And puppy-dogs’ tails,

That’s what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of?

What are little girls made of?

Sugar and spice
And everything nice,

That’s what little girls are made of.

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