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 doesnâ€™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 â€œbullyâ€ problem in this country? If you donâ€™t fit in, youâ€™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.