The Death of Rhymes

More and more parents are starting to opt-out of teaching their children nursery rhymes. While they are great for learning vocabulary and literary devices, people are starting to see these nursery rhymes as outdated and even sinister. Below I discuss a couple of reasons why nursery rhymes might not be the go-to for early childhood development anymore.

Education

While many parents find it convenient to teach their children vocabulary and simple sentence structure through nursery rhymes, technology has advanced further than what these rhymes offer. So many programs on T.V and on the computer, such as cartoons and early reading apps, can have children interact with them, as well as expand their vocabulary skills and learn development skills. Because technology is so advanced and can teach them more than the nursery rhymes.

Because technology is so advanced and can teach them more than the nursery rhymes.  Also, technology is able to help expand the children’s speaking and reading abilities by offering a more structured form of literature than nursery rhymes can.

Background

Nursery rhymes, like many fairy tales, started as saying between adults at places such as pubs. They were short and had hints of cruelty and adult themes. While some nursery rhymes have been created just for children some of them have a more inappropriate meaning behind them.For example, “Ring Around the Rosy” had been traced back to medieval times while a plague was spreading from city to city. Rosy’s were referring the cysts that caused many people to get sick. “Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down” this last line was the most haunting as it referred to the people that going to die due to the outbreak.

For example, “Ring Around the Rosy” had been traced back to medieval times while a plague was spreading from city to city. Rosy’s were referring the cysts that caused many people to get sick. “Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down” this last line was the most haunting as it referred to the people that going to die due to the outbreak.

The famous rhyme five little monkeys was originally called “Five Little Darkies” and were referring to dark skinned people that were getting sick and the best advice the doctor could offer was to “feed dem darkies on shortenin’ bread”. To fit into the modern world, the words were changed around, but grandmothers and older generations are still aware of the original meaning behind this nursery rhyme.

The reasons listed above are why some parents have decided to stop teaching their children nursery rhymes and move onto different ways of developing early childhood skills.