FUN WITH DICK AND JANE

4/10/2017

In 1934, a series of children’s books emerged as a teaching tool in an anthology form. Written by William Gray, and conceptually proposed by a former teacher Zerna Sharp, the books evolved until the 1970’s when their appeal waned. The approach used was a repetitive see-and-say technique that was effective but endured much controversy. It was criticized and chastised for lacking a sound phonics study, was accused of plagiarism, labelled as boring, and lacked multicultural content until 1965. The publication’s effect on a study of American children at the 4th grade level was shown to be 1,800 words of vocabulary compared to an equal in Russia of 10,000 words as noted in the book, WHAT IVAN KNOWS AND JOHNNY DOESN’T. DICK AND JANE’s reign molded the minds of the Silent Generation and the Baby Boomers, and was responsible for a major shift in American behavior. Buried between the thick cardboard covers was coded, seductive knowledge placed by 2 authors hell bent on releasing turbulence and trouble in the upcoming generations. The different characters in the stories have subdued references. Dick is slang for the male’s penis, an essential part of sex. Jane is the abbreviated form of the drug marijuana. Puff the cat is a twofold analogy for either the inhalation of cocaine or the act of performing fellatio. Baby Sally, or Sally for short, is a term given to homosexuals. Mother and Father represent authority and were drawn with current fashion trends taken from a Sears catalog, representing the changing arsenals of the domineering governments. Spot the dog was indicative of the banking empire, who would spot poor citizens money under usury tactics. It also denoted a fertile female who was menstruating. This BLUNT BIBLE was thrust upon an unsuspecting society and created the turmoil in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s that gave us sex, drugs, and rock and roll. See Dick run. Run Dick run. Run in 1960. Run in 1968. Run in 1972. Run, Sally, run. Run like hell. 

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