Out of the mouths of babes. Yes, but wouldn't it be nice to have someone in the White House with experience, knowledge and WISDOM.
The two morals of this cute story are:
1. Watch what you say in front of children - negative things, and
2. Watch what you say in front of children - positive things. As they used to say to obliquely to warn a fellow adult that we children were within earshot: "Little pitchers have big ears."
Personally - just my 2 cents, at that age, when children (as is normal and appropriate) do not yet have concepts of geography or history but, rather, live in "the here and now," I think it's important to keep teaching within their sphere of reference and/or without specifics. Fairy tales, depicting different virtues (goodness, courage, truth, beauty, love.... and their opposites), with always a challenge and different means by which that challenge is overcome (work, cleverness, resourcefulness...) along with justice prevailing, are the perfect fare in my opinion to give children the foundation for later learning about more abstract concepts. (Also helps to provide them with a sense of security.) I'm talking about stories that begin "Once upon a time..." and end with "They all lived happily ever after." Fairytales are filled with all sorts of archetypal images and symbology that don't need to be explained but go in a soul level, so to speak. They do *support* the concepts that underpin liberty and freedom.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir
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