Preschoolers taught to show middle finger?
I am concerned about a song sheet that was sent home with my four-year-old son this afternoon (9/24/07) from Watkins Early Childhood Development (a federal funded program) . It is called “Poems, Fingerplays, and Songs”. The themes are family, friends, and feelings. The activity in question reads as follows:
See my family? See them all?
(hold up all five fingers)
Some are short (hold up thumb)
Some are tall (hold up middle finger)
Let’s shake hands. “How do you do?”
(grasp hands and shake)
See them bow? “How are you?”
Father, (hold up middle finger)
Mother, (hold up pointer finger)
Sister, (hold up ring finger)
Brother, (hold up thumb)
And Me, (hold up pinkie finger)
It appears that in the first and third verses, preschool- age children are taught to hold up an almost universal sign of disrespect. This was sent home with preschoolers in this program nationwide. Tomorrow (9/25/07) our nations children will be taught to hold up their middle fingers while saying “father”– in a school system where God cannot be mentioned. How has this happened?
The teachers are apparently unaware of what thay have sent (My cousin is a teacher at Watkins). This shows neglectful behaviour on every level of the school system and possible ill intent. Please adress this issue as you see fit.
It’s not the natural response when holding up one finger to hold up the middle finger first. It’s more comfortable to put up the index finger first, then the middle. The middle finger is least dominant next to the ring finger (especially in kids who don’t usually have any experience in flashing it in traffic).
Babies may raise their middle finger and use it more dominantly, but by a time a child reaches school, they’ve already started learning index and thumb dominance.
There’s no reason to use the middle finger first in this poem, and there’s no way it’s not intentional. Try putting up your middle finger, then the index, then the ring finger. Hard, isn’t it? So why would someone have children with limited finger dexterity trying to?
No harm at all will come to the kids..it is just one little things of many they learn and if the parents do not freak out, niether will the kids.
Doing a little poem fingerplay has nothing to so with God not being in the schools that is an entirely different issue and they should not be linked as this adds to the writer’s upset. Just let this small thing roll off one’s back and save the complaints for bigger matters.
I was offended by some of the things taught in the sex ed class book that was sent home and just had my son exempted from two of the classes and taught him myself and when I was previewing his books and saw evolution being taught as a fact, I made sure to talk to my son about creationism from a scientific perspective so that he could if he wanted bring this up to open up conversion with the other students and teachers. He did and several others backed him up as well.
leave their innnocence
the fact is, to them they’re just fingers. it’s not until we make a big deal about it that it becomes an issue. why shun two whole fingers before our kids even reach age 4?
it obviously wasn’t the best thought out song, but i don’t feel completely outraged.
Totally a waste of time for you to get all freaked out over a silly song. Sheesh.
But I know as well as you do that that’s naive. And even pig-headed, since they can’t believably claim they didn’t notice. And obviously they made the decision to publish it anyway.
I don’t suppose I would be angry about it, but I am definitely puzzled. The only thing that does irritate me about it is that a teacher at that school would be unaware of what she herself sent home.
Where is thumbkin, where is thumbkin, here I am, here I am. How are you today, sir? Very well I thank you. Run away, run away.
Then pointer, tall man, ring man, and pinkie. And you hold up each finger in turn. When it’s tall man’s turn, you hold up your “tallest” finger.
I thought this was a pretty universal song. Not only did I sing it as a child (30 yrs ago!) but I sing it with my three to five-year-olds, and they always know it before I sing it. It’s not like I have to teach it to them!
And what does not being able to mention God in public schools have to do with a child’s song in which you hold up your tallest finger to represent the (usually) tallest member of your family???
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