Fairy Tales: Too Un-PC?

I am presenting at CCTE on using fairy tales to introduce literature. But soon I won’t be able to assume any of my students have heard the traditional European fairy tales.

Parents have stopped reading traditional fairytales to their children because they are too scary and not politically correct, according to research.

It also emerged 65 per cent of parents preferred to read their children happier tales at bedtime, such as the Mr Men, The Gruffalo and Winnie the Pooh.

Three quarters of mothers and fathers try to avoid stories which might give their children nightmares and half of all parents would not consider reading a single fairy tale to their child until they reached the age of five.

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