CHILDREN are singing an edited version of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, with the classic nursery rhyme watered down to ensure there are no racist overtones because of the word "black".

The Herald Sun is reporting Victorian childcare centres lyrics were being altered to reflect the variety of cultures in the community.

According to the story, one centre considered changing the line, "one for the little boy who lives down the lane" because it could be taken as sexist.

Some have questioned whether the loss of the iconic black sheep is a sign that political correctness has gone too far.

Today Show host Karl Stefanovic raised his frustration about the debate this morning.

"They want to ban it? Come on," he told 3AW host Neil Mitchell

A childcare centre coordinator told the Herald Sun said children may still sing about the black sheep if they wish, but other coloured sheep were in the mix.

In 2010, the classic tune Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree was altered so the word "gay" was dumped and replaced with the word "fun".

If you're having a hard time remembering all the lyrics, here is a full video:

 



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