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“A Little Child Shall Lead”: 6

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 21, 2014

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  1. I thought the first couple in this series were a nice way to encourage children to see others as more like them than different from them. However, this one seems to reinforce some unfortunate stereotypes. It feels a little condescending.

    Comment by charlene — August 21, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

  2. Congratulations, charlene. They *are* patronizing and condescending and paternalistic, and they get progressively more so to the end of the 12-part series. I wondered who would be the first to notice and the first to say so.

    Thanks for speaking up.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 21, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

  3. Alas, I found them pretty obnoxious from the start, but I figured you were sharing them as part of our historical perspective, so I held my tongue (or typing fingers.) They are all condescending and the poetry is pretty bad too.

    Comment by LauraN — August 21, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

  4. Yes, I’m posting them because they *are* part of our heritage — but I’m glad to have some discussion showing that we recognize the problems and don’t necessarily endorse everything from our past.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 21, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

  5. I find it very easy to offend people when I’m communicating through internet postings or email. Something that would have sounded fine if I had said it winds up putting someone in a tizzy. So when I can’t say anything nice, I try to refrain from saying anything at all.

    Comment by LauraN — August 21, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

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