The Witch Doctor was in her early twenties before she knew the reality of what went on in Nazi Germany. There is no doubt that her family and school had protected her from the dreadful details of man’s inhumanity to man. She was not made very aware either of other atrocities that had gone on in the world during her parent’s lifetime.
She gradually discovered the real story of Nazi Germany for herself. Probably she discovered it when she was ready to grasp it. She was shocked, disgusted and deeply affected by it. She still is. She has read books and wept. She has watched films and wept. She has visited Anne Frank’s house and wept. She is thankful that she had a childhood where the horrors of humanity were not intimately revealed to her. She is even more thankful that she was not a child in Nazi Germany.
She did not teach her own children about these atrocities. She knew they would explore them for themselves when they were ready. They have. They in turn are shocked, disgusted and deeply affected.
It seems nowadays they teach diversity and empathy in a Scottish PRIMARY School by playing a “Holocaust Game.”
How sick is that?
“A council spokesman said: “Schools commonly engage in drama-based exercises which encourage children to use their imagination and act out a character.
“These role play situations are designed to help children understand diversity and develop empathy for the victims of prejudice and are usually very well received by pupils.
“The activity was designed to develop the children’s understanding of unfairness and inequality.
“We are sorry that the lesson had this effect on some pupils.”
“When one child asked if that meant they might have to go to an orphanage, they were told that might be a possibility. At that point many of the children became very distressed. One boy kicked his chair over, one was angry and demanded to speak to someone in charge but most were crying on a scale ranging from mildly to severely.”
Their ordeal lasted between 12 and 15 minutes before the children were informed that it was all an act but that the role play would continue until lunchtime.
The mum contacted headteacher Mrs Stewart to ask if her daughter’s account was accurate.
She added: “When I asked why on earth they thought it was appropriate to deliver a role play situation to the children in this way, Mrs Stewart informed me that they didn’t inform the children beforehand because they wanted the children to experience an ‘accurate emotional response’ to this scenario in order for it to be reflected in their story writing.”
I am sick to the teeth hearing the words “diversity” and “empathy.” Maybe you should skulk around and try to find out who or what was behind this silly game, My Black Cat!
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