While I do not agree with removing religion from schools, I do understand it. However, I do NOT understand why over Christmas my kids schools were not allowed to even mention "Christmas" and they could have Holiday parties and Holiday trees but not Christmas trees, but they taught all about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, etc. They spent a full day on each of these, doing projects and learning all about them. Now at Easter, we can't even have Good Friday off, and they can not even celebrate Easter in the school. I have no problem with my kids learning about other religion's holidays, but I do find it a bit irritating that we can celebrate other religions holidays in school, just not Christian holidays. Anybody else feel that way?
In what manner are other holidays "celebrated" or "taught"? I'm very curious about this. In the school where I work, and in my daughters' schools, they may sing a song about the Dradle (a toy--not a religious relic) when they're singing other holiday songs (in the Christmas tradition), and they may talk about how the Menorah is lit and about some of the traditions of Kwanzaa (which isn't really a religious holiday, but more a celebration of cultural identity). That is the extent of "celebrating" or "teaching", and the "lessons" (I'm about to be arrested for excessive use of quotation marks) last all of about twenty minutes total. It's not as if the kids are being immersed in in-depth lessons, but merely given a glimpse of other traditions. Most of the kids in my area are more than familiar with Christian holidays, and celebrate them at home and at church.
Answer by jsbenkert at 2:31 PM on Apr. 22, 2011
Answer by adnilm at 4:46 PM on Apr. 20, 2011
I don't know what you are talking about. My guess is that you are super-sensitive that Christianity isn't being taught as faith. It is mentioned with the same weight--often more--as other beliefs' holidays in the school systems that I'm familiar with. In the preschool where I work, the beliefs aren't discussed, but how families celebrate are. As has been mentioned by pnwoman and Eek_a_ geek, most people in this country are more than familiar with Christianity, but have little, if any, exposure to other beliefs or practices. Also, Christian holidays are the only ones that are given paid holidays. I don't understand your complaint. My children have this Friday off from school, and the private preschool where I work also has the day off--listed as "Good Friday", and it's supposed to be a secular preschool. Where is your gripe?
Answer by jsbenkert at 5:35 PM on Apr. 20, 2011
Answer by Eek_a_Geek at 4:37 PM on Apr. 20, 2011
As we have heard time and time again, Christianity is one of the largest religions in the U.S. You already have two weeks off so you can celebrate Christmas. The stores are flooded with Christian paraphernalia for holidays and every day occasions. You don't see as many Jewish decorations nor Islamic and you sure as heck don't see Pagan merchandise in major stores. Now, you want to really discuss what is fair?
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