Click here for the introduction to the Round and Square series "Goofus and Gallant History and Ethnography"
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|[a] Highlights Magazine June/July 1959|
This series will teach us a great deal about culture, society...and history. I lived some of it. I would be lying if I said that I didn't aspire to be Gallant...even as I recognized the stupid lack of irony in all of these unreflective adults-writing-for-children-DIDACTIC posts. Still, I wanted to be Gallant. W...T...you decide.
|[b] Scowl RF|
Goofus and Gallant are at it again.
It seems that the Summer 1959 Goofus does not know how to ask for permission. And, if you look carefully at the drawings, you will see that mama does not look at all amused. As I once heard it, "...and if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."
Our little Gallant has it quite otherwise in his charmed and cherubic little life. He says "please," "thank you," and "may I..." These words are not part of Goofus's vocabulary.
And mama knows it.
As we proceed with this series, we'll start to think about some of the unexamined little social dynamics in the drawings. A good place to start might be Goofus's parents. I don't want to start by blaming mom and dad, but...
Let's think about this for the week and discuss it next Monday. We'll call it "the social roots of Goofus-speak."
|[c] Polite Give-and-Take RF|