I am thinking about activities for a new education website, and I wondering whether one of the activities should include learning the meaning of jokes.
EdB suggests that humour is a fundamental to the way the mind works, and it seems to me that if a child does not understand a particularly good joke then the teacher should be just as concerned as if that child could not do multiplication. (I do not claim that EdB supports my contention).
I am seeking opinions on this matter from others.
Specifically, here is a line attributed to Groucho Marx (and others):
"Military justice is to justice what military music is to music."
- Is this funny?
- If you think it's funny, could you explain why it's funny?
- Have you learnt anything from others' explanations of why it's funny?
- Should understanding this joke be part of formal education?