In MA, a high school team must forfeit their title when the winning touchdown runner raises his hand in the air to celebrate. The entire team suffers because one young player forgets that they are not allowed to celebrate victory and raises his arm in the air very briefly. He was said to be taunting the other team.
Does this kind of behavior on the part of adults truly improve the lives of students and society or is it rather a more insidious type of bullying that is directed against an entire team and hidden under the guise of ‘fairness’?
Would Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer be a better story if, rather than being teased and then going on to lead the sleigh on Christmas Eve, all the other reindeer had just decided that they should paint their own nose red and all children should do without toys on foggy Christmas Eves?
George Giuliani has written a book and believe it or not he thinks the story of Rudolph is damaging to children. According to Giuliani, there are ten policies of Santa that need to be corrected, especially the bullying of Rudolph by the other Reindeer.
“Santa has ten policies that are very unfair, and Mrs. Claus sets out to correct those policies, and what you just saw, where Rudolph is being treated very very badly, and that should never happen,” Guiliani said.
Well, it does happen in the real world, and I wonder if any one here will agree with me that the bullying and aggression that Rudolph experienced made him strong? Do you believe that Rudolph is an inspiring story for children on how to overcome life’s difficulties? Doesn’t it show bullying in a bad light and Rudolph, with the help of Santa, turning a potential emotional trauma into a positive experience?
Recently a young child was given an in-school suspension for telling another student that he thought his teacher was ‘cute’. The boy is nine years of age!
What are we trying to do?
I suggest that we are conditioning young people to give up freedoms voluntarily so they will not struggle when government takes them away forcibly.
- Fox and Friends: Does Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Promote Bullying? (mediaite.com)
- Professor: ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ Promotes Bullying (michellemalkin.com)
- Santa Claus Is A Bully To Rudolph, Expert Says On Fox News (huffingtonpost.com)
- A teachable moment in line waiting to see Santa (mbfxc.wordpress.com)