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THIS IS WHY WE ALWAYS LET TINY GIRL HAVE A COOKIE AFTER DINNER

Anorexic girls are bonding online, making them that much harder to reach.


WE GOT THE REAL BACKSTAGE SCOOP: WHEN AN ANEMONE FROM SPONGEBOB'S POSSE DRENCHED DORA THE EXPLORER'S MANOLOS, CLIFFORD HAD TO STEP IN AND LAY THE SMACK DOWN

In a kind of "We Are the World" for the Noggin set, Spongebob, Barney, Clifford, Dora, Big Bird, and other children's stars have come together to make a music video promoting tolerance and diversity in classrooms. The video of the characters singing Sister Sledge's "We are Family" will be sent to 61,000 schools nationwide. Organizers say they expect the video to successfully distract children from their math and English lessons. On the bright side, studies show that a message of tolerance delivered through the medium of a pop song whose lyrics are only tangentially related to the subject should be expected to penetrate one-half of one percent of students.

What's the teaching point here? "Look, kids, how well Clifford and Barney get along, and they're so different." Duh! They're, like, the two friendliest characters on TV. It's like Canada getting along with Australia. It ain't news.

November 18, 2004 | Permalink | Subscribe to RSS

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