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April 29, 2005

Stupid Kids' Shows « Social Issues »

Okay, everyone hates Caillou. That's just about a given.

But Bear in the Big Blue House has been pretty reliably good, in my opinion. Sure, there's a little social-liberalistic ideology indoctrination present, but you get that in everything these days, and Bear had been pretty good in my experience.

Then yesterday morning, Tutter saw a show about a hero, and then started annoying everyone trying to save them.

So instead of playing along with Tutter and encouraging his imagination, everyone made him feel kinda bad about it. When Tutter finally gave up in frustration, saying, "I'll never be a hero," Bear's solution was to say, "You may not be a hero, but you are something no one else can be: Tutter! And that's pretty special."


Hasn't the Empty Self-Esteem movement already been totally discredited????

Why didn't the writers have Bear talk about the jobs society needs that you can be a hero, like policeman or military...or if that is too icky for social engineers, paramedics, doctors, or firemen? Or talk about the everyday heroism of teachers and contributers to PBS, at least.

Best would be for Bear (and any parent who finds himself in the situation) to talk about being a hero by being brave enough to stand up to peer pressure, or being brave enough to not fight back against siblings, or having the courage to do something his parents wanted him to do even when he doesn't want to, like eating vegetables or taking a bath!

At the very least, Bear could have said, "You may not be able to save anyone from a dragon, Tutter, but you make me very happy when you clean up your room without me having to tell you, when you say please and thank you to people, when you [engage in behavior the adult wants the child to increase], and that's pretty cool and special.

Self-Esteem should come from a sense of accomplishment, not being. That's not a news-flash, I why don't the writers of Bear in the Big Blue House know that?!??! Morons.

Posted by Nathan at 09:52 AM | Comments (4)

Unfortunately, it seems to indeed be a news-flash to many in today's feel-good, psychobabble nonsense, reward-without-accomplishment society. No wonder today's kids have this idea that society owes them whatever they want, whether they earn it or not.

And to think that once upon a time, I wanted to be a psychologist. DOH!

Posted by: diamond dave at April 29, 2005 02:10 PM

I wish you would have, if you could have retained your good sense, and been able to crack some heads until the buffoons stopped with the psychobabble.

Then again, it is the field of psychology; they probably would have brainwashed you. So I guess it is for the best you didn't. [sigh]

Posted by: Nathan at April 29, 2005 02:15 PM

gee, and I thought I was the only parent who couldn't stand that whiny little brat Caillou whose parents are just too PC for me.

Posted by: bryan at May 2, 2005 06:23 PM

Nope. They should probably just change the name to Everybody Hates Caillou. Or maybe even, Everyone Really Wants to Beat Caillou to a Bloody Pulp and Sterilize His Parents.

Posted by: Nathan at May 2, 2005 06:30 PM
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