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Post Neon Knight on Mon 31 Jul - 20:34

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4630734/Robin-Hood-King-Arthur-risk-dying-folk-tales.html

   Study found two thirds of parents have no intention of telling kids folk stories
   One in four even admitted that they were unable to name any traditional tales
   Those who knew Robin Hood said it was based on films and not passed down
   Three in five said they have not heard a single folklore story in over two years

Researchers who carried out a detailed study among 2,000 adults found two thirds have no intention of regaling their children with stories of fictional heroes' derring-do . . .

A spokesman for Center Parcs, which commissioned the study to mark the 30th anniversary of their Sherwood Forest park, said: 'Storytelling is a great way to bring families together, sharing tales with one another and bonding as they re-live family favourites. 'In the year we celebrate our Sherwood Forest anniversary we're particularly sad to hear that the future of folklore is in jeopardy. We want to help people re-discover tales they might have forgotten, not only keeping the legendary history of our nation alive, but also helping to build family relationships around the almost forgotten art of storytelling.'

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Post de Burgh on Tue 1 Aug - 6:48

Its quite sad because folklore is rich in distinct, narrative presentations and moral themes in each story that promotes good family values. Nevertheless, due to the prevalence of high-caliber technologies such as the internet, smartphones, television and video games, etc.; human socialization and child development is attaching themselves to these machine surrogates playing the parenting role in recent generations. So kids are easily influenced by media bias. Thus, their minds are very malleable to media distortions and media "role models" which dumbs down the populace. Nevertheless, you take the good with the bad.

Even so, the benefits of technology makes it easier to communicate with one another especially on a global scale. Technology is not inherently bad; its depends on how people use technology that will determine how it personally affects people's lives for either good or bad.
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Post Neon Knight on Tue 1 Aug - 21:15

I think schools should be required to teach certain traditional legends and stories and also look at them from a historical perspective. I think European myths and legends are the equivalent of Biblical stories and parables which, as de Burgh said, can teach social values. I hadn't thought of the technological aspect but, yes, it can be used positively as well as being a distraction. Film and TV versions of the ledends can be inspirational as well if they are done in the right spirit without being updated with politically correct values or being 'Hollywoodised'. I think the Robin of Sherwood TV series was a good example:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_of_Sherwood#Reception

"Robin of Sherwood is, for many people, the definitive modern version of the Robin Hood legend. Moody, atmospheric, superbly written and acted, with a haunting soundtrack by Clannad (later released as the album Legend), it was the inspiration for a generation of British fantasy role-players... That Robin of Sherwood succeeded is a tribute to the skill of writer, cast and crew. Somehow, despite its fantasy elements, it produced something earthy and captivating. Not history, nor fantasy, but a kind of 'mystic history'"




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Post Neon Knight on Tue 7 Nov - 17:51

A similar report: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5052873/Nursery-rhymes-no-longer-sung-children.html

Nursery rhymes are no longer being sung to children

* Nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty are no longer being sung, says Ofsted
* Experts believe nursing rhymes are vital for children's 'language development’
* Children hear recordings of the songs rather than interacting with the singer


‘Old fashioned’ nursery rhymes are no longer being sung to children – leaving them badly prepared for school, according to Ofsted’s chief inspector. Amanda Spielman says it is a ‘great shame’ that rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty and Hickory Dickory Dock are not being sung to new generations.

The inspector, who is due to make the comments at a childcare conference on Wednesday, will say: ‘I imagine most of you could recite The Grand Old Duke of York. But we can’t say that is the case for children today,’ she will tell a childcare conference. 'Humpty Dumpty may seem old-fashioned, but children who can sing a song and know a story off by heart aged four are better prepared for school. Nursery rhymes provide a collective experience and teach a little bit of social history to boot,’ she says.

Literacy consultant Sue Palmer, author of the book Toxic Childhood, said nursing rhymes were vital for a young child’s 'language development’. But she said many children were simply being played the classic songs by tape or video, when the secret to their success was in the interaction between the singer and child. She said: ‘These old rhymes have hung round, mothers have sung them through the ages. It is ancient women’s wisdom that is getting lost now. They have been sung throughout the ages because the child responds well to them, and the reason the child responds well to them is that the child can imitate that song and…. develop their language ability.’



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