“Mary, Mary, quite contrary”
By Mother Goose
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row.
Mary was contrary meaning that she was different than the other girls who sat nicely in rows as they were told.
Mother Goose used rhyme and song to teach children and adults life lessons that were better known as “common sense”.
Books were written, not to entertain, but to educate.
History tells us that the elite were the only ones that could afford the knowledge contained within books because books had to be hand scribed prior to the invention of the printing press.
Technology changed the relationship between the elite and the poor because now the poor had equal access to the knowledge contained within a book. It was necessary for the elite to advance with technology in order to maintain their power structure.
Society had changed and now everyone wanted to be educated as it was seen as a means of becoming a member of the elite class. The elite had to begin to change the importance of knowledge into something more manageable, money. The class system would no longer be dependent upon knowledge, understanding, and “common sense”, something everyone could now attain, but wealth, something the working class could never attain enough of to challenge the elitists since they already controlled most of the economy of the world at that time and to the present.
Once the demand for public education became widespread it was necessary to begin to change the system of education that the working class received. A public school system based on educating children, using the Bible as its main source of instruction, relying upon the child’s environment to create a curriculum necessary to know and understand how to become successful, had to be manipulated, especially after the Civil Rights movement.
Mother Goose is no longer taught.
We must change our current system of education back to its original intent, to provide a free and public education to America’s children.
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