Creepy, cute or educational?

Charles Cowling



Posted by Vale

The internet is divided about this video. Is it creepy as some have said? Peter Alsop, who made it writes:

My questions make some people nervous, THIS STUFF’S NOT FOR KIDS, they say. Well I don’t care if you don’t know, I need to ask you anyway!” Kids just need a safe place to go to ask questions about death. This song models how to do that.

The song is on Peter’s ‘Stayin’ Over’ cd, ‘Loss & Grief’ cd, and his ‘When Kids Say Goodbye’ dvd. 

4 thoughts on “Creepy, cute or educational?

  1. Charles Cowling
    Jenny Uzzell

    I think I’m with GM here. I think I might use it as a starter with a class but as a way into attitudes around talking about death. It certainly has a place, I think…but like GM I worry that it might be a little trite…especially given that its main purpose it to persuade us to take children and their concerns about death seriously!

    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    gloria mundi

    H’mm, well the trouble with demurring from the praises is that I risk being told I’m against talking to kids about death. Not so – the reverse – but I don’t especially like the song, sorry.

    The questions that children ask about death have a power and a simplicity which this jingly sort of song rather drowns out. Except the bit where the child says I don’t mind if you don’t know, I need to ask anyway – that’s more like it.

    But the jokey stuff isn’t where I’d like it to go. Maybe a really good teacher could use it well. Personally, I think a good teacher would do better to initiate questions, get them to talk, etc.

    But good that someone’s had a crack at it.

    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    Phoebe Hoare

    Very catchy! I think it’s very appropriate. Two academics (can’t remember their names) did a survey in a school in England a few years ago and the majority of children (8-13 year olds I think) would have liked death education at school.

    Charles Cowling
  4. Charles Cowling

    Vale, this is a most brilliant and delightful find. It makes me think that we need some community singing at the SFU convention, and this is the song.

    Charles Cowling

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