A little fun for Tuesday’s Tribute to (that) Tuesday (11-06-12)

Remember that fun “telephone” game we used to play when we were children?     When I taught first grade, I’d have half of my little six year olds “stand quietly in the hallyway,” and then I’d tell the rest of the class some interesting little sentence.   Then the children in the hallway would come back in, sit in a semi-circle in the front of the room, and I’d whisper the words into the ear of a child on the end.  Then he would whisper it into the ear of the one sitting next to him, and on down the line.

And then it was time for the child on the other end to tell everyone what he heard!


It was as much fun for the “audience” as it was for the participants, because they just knew what was going to happen!    Then we’d switch places,  and the audience got to be on the telephone line.

Great hilarious fun for all!  I was careful not to draw an adult lesson from this game.  They were children, and it was their business to just learn – by having fun – how the world really works, without unnecessary adult comment.  They’d “get it’ some day in the future.

I hoped.

I sometimes fear that whole generation or two forgot to notice how messages change – and now it’s not fun, it could be deadly.

Phrases heard on American television, day by day:

suspected chemical attack

alleged chemical attack but unclear by whom

alleged chemical attack carried out possibly by the Assad regime

alleged chemical attack by the Assad regime

chemical attack alleged to have been done by the Assad regime

the chemical attack carried out by the Assad regime

 . . . when Syria used chemical weapons on a peaceful demonstration. . .


My dear children:   Why on earth do you think they call it  “television programming“? 

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