Fracturing Fairy Tales

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(Thanks to Susan for the news tip)

According to a recent “study” of parents who read traditional fairy tales to their children–don’t ask me why this was studied, or who paid for it–at least one in four change the story as they read it (

Two thousand parents took part in the study, which found that a quarter of them changed the stories to make them more politically correct and less “offensive.” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Gingerbread Man” were altered or banned for too much “violence.” And 36% of the parents disapproved of the way the Pied Piper “tricked” the children into following him…

Good grief! How utterly dense can you get? I mean, how can you be so dumb as to miss the point of a freakin’ fairy tale? Dudes, the Pied Piper isn’t offered as a role model! For those of you who still haven’t figured it out, the story is a lesson in not being so quick to make agreements that you wind up regretting, and then trying to weasel out of them, which only makes the matter so much worse, etc.

Kids have been told fairy tales for hundreds of years. Now all of a sudden the tales are harmful to them?

Sounds to me like too many of those parents went to college and picked up some really goofy habits of thought.