100th Carnival of Education

On the 100th Carnival of Education, hosted by Teaching in the Twenty-First Century, Texas Ed takes a closer look at the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Why does Rudolph have to prove his usefulness to be accepted by the bully reindeers?

How many story lines are based on nerdy kid doesn’t fit in, gets picked on, saves the day for a popular kid, and is redeemed in the eyes of the rest of the crowd? And people wonder why we have a “bully” problem in this country? If you don’t fit in, you’re considered fair game until somehow you do.

As a homeschooler, Texas Ed is “really not interested in playing the reindeer games,” though he’s willing to help Santa if needed.

I have to say I’ve worried about Rudolph for years. One night of glory doesn’t cancel out years of mockery.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    It does if he leads them into a thunderhead and then bails.

  2. interested party says:

    Have you seen the Mad TV spoof of Rudolph? It’s available on
    Google Video (and not for kids!) It does seem perverse to tell kids that they ought to be seeking acceptance from the very people who are making their lives miserable. Kids would be better off understanding how to recognize and reciprocate true friendship.