Saturday, February 16, 2008

Children are Not That Sensitive

Gracious. Those French people certainly seem to be losing their vim:
PARIS — President Nicolas Sarkozy dropped an intellectual bombshell this week, surprising the nation and touching off waves of protest with his revision of the school curriculum: beginning next fall, he said, every fifth grader will have to learn the life story of one of the 11,000 French children killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust.
“It is unimaginable, unbearable, tragic and above all, unjust,” Simone Veil, a Holocaust survivor and honorary president of the Foundation for the Memory of the Holocaust, told the Web site of the magazine L’Express. “You cannot inflict this on little ones of 10 years old! You cannot ask a child to identify with a dead child. The weight of this memory is much too heavy to bear.”
Pretty Lady seems to recall that when she was in fifth grade, she and all her friends read and re-read 'The Diary of Anne Frank,' for fun. It was exciting! Even though you knew how it ended.

Pretty Lady strongly recommends that the French get over their pusillanimous squeamishness.

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