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CBeebies is too sacred to be patronised by 38 Degrees and cut by the Tories

Cbeebies

What a patronising petition the 38 degrees team have put together to protest the cuts to CBeebies and CBBC!

Who doesn’t love CBeebies? Kids love it, and so do parents. BBC children’s programmes, like CBeebies, allow us those precious few minutes in a day to make a cuppa. And we can trust that our kids are watching quality shows.

The email was sent out by 38 Degrees campaign manager Rachel Diamond, in post since November 2015, but signed by many more. Unfortunately, Rachel, Rowan, Nat, David, Megan and the 38 Degrees team don’t seem to have watched and loved that very precious commodity they are trying to save because if they had they wouldn’t be effectively saying: ‘Mothers need a cup of tea and brave activists are fighting the corporate powers.’ They would realise that WE – the mothers / activists who can’t leave the house so are filling up the petition sites like theirs, are the ones who need to be brought on board. Who do they think the thousands who are trying to save Cbeebies are? We may sign this petition because it’s important but not the next one, or the thousand after that.

Well, if you’re listening, you patronising gits, the following is what carers / mothers / fathers know about Cbeebies:

CBeebies teaches our children. It doesn’t just distract them so we can sip and pause.

Here are some of the subjects that came up on the Cbeebies curriculum just last week.

Science: Nina and the Neurons

  • Volcanoes
  • Engineering
  • Earth
  • The scientific method!

Maths: Numtums and Numberjacks.

Arts and crafts:

  • Mister Maker.

Music appreciation and practice:

Nutrition (although the influence of the dairy lobby seems to be creeping in. There’s lots of eating dead animals and praising how ‘healthy’ they are, despite the UN’s warning of the devastating impact animal agriculture has on our planet, not to mention animal cruelty. The farm also shows an idealised version of how animals are grown to be used for animal needs and consumption rather than the reality.

  • I Can Cook
  • Mr Bloom

Equality: through casting and practice, they battle against gender, race and disability discrimination.

Sharing:

  • Topsy and Tim
  • Woolly and Tig
  • Abney and Teal

Learning how to deal with mistakes:

Community:

The above and many other shows.

Awareness of differences in terms of physical appearance and diversity in development and abilities:

  • Mr Tumble and any show with Justin Fletcher.

Change and addressing children’s fears:

  • Families
  • Friends
  • Topsy and Tim
  • Woolly and Tig

Going to school: one of the biggest changes children will face.

  • Topsy and Tim
  • Charlie and Lola

Friendships: pick a show, any show.

Crisis management:

  • Furchester
  • Postman Pat.

Writing and reading:

  • Alphablocks.

Regular routines for children who may come from chaotic households:

  • Bedtime stories

Family. 

Celebrating individual children:

  • Birthday shows (which are now no longer on iplayer).

Culture:

  • Katie Morag
  • Jack’s Boat
  • Teacup Travels
  • Abney and Teal

Physical geography:

  • Octonauts

Human geography:

  • Mr Bloom
  • GoJetters

And on and on and on and on. These are brief thoughts on only a handful of shows off the top of my head.

Note that all these shows are appropriate for under 5s!

Baby Jake, the Twirlywoos, In the Night Garden and the Teletubbies are educational and aimed at under 2s.

And on and on. I could fill so many different shows against each of these categories and then add more and more categories.

So how does the 38 degrees petition present its argument?

DON’T LET MURDOCH WIN.

BOO TO COMMERCIALS.

CUP OF TEA.

What kind of an ignorant person even wrote the patronising paragraph that I’m about to repeat?

“Who doesn’t love CBeebies? Kids love it, and so do parents. BBC children’s programmes, like CBeebies, allow us those precious few minutes in a day to make a cuppa. And we can trust that our kids are watching quality shows.”

Ignorant simpletons.

CBeebies is sacred to those of us who know it but is only a past-time for those who would use it as a tool.