Friday, June 22, 2007

But Carrots Do Grow On Trees, Don't They?

According to a UPI report from earlier this month, many English children think carrots grow on trees:
Keith Siddorn of Meadowbrook Farm in Broxton told the Chester Chronicle children who visit his farm on tours do not know which animal pork comes from. They do know that milk comes from a cow but if asked about beef they get confused because they do not realize the same animal can serve two purposes.

They don't even know whether a carrot is grown in the ground or on a tree, he said. As far as they know, their food comes in a plastic bag from the shop and after that it is very blurred for them.
Unbelievable, right? City kids, no doubt, yes? How typical!!

Oops! Wrong again, o frozen one!

Look! There's more:

Siddorn said he is talking about children in rural areas, not in big cities. Even though they walk through the fields, they do not realize what is going on.
As a former teacher I would like to say something about the education system at this point, but my mother always told me if you can't think of anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

Imagine how much different this cold blog would be if she hadn't told me that -- or if I had disregarded her advice! ;-(

Seriously, though, here's something nice and comforting:

It's very comforting to know that global ignorance is so well-distributed!