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Are We Becoming Too Politically Correct as a Society?

Elementary School Bans Red & Green Clothing & Decorations From Holiday Party

by Jeanne Sager

red and green ornamentWondering what crazy thing schools are going to ban next? How about colors? Yup, a public school in Texas is under fire for banning the colors red and green at its upcoming winter party (yes, winter, not Christmas). Nichols Elementary in Frisco, Texas, is en route to having the most politically correct holiday season ever.

And absolutely confusing the heck out of its students, I might add.

Apparently the official rules for winter parties at Nichols are as follows:

No reference to Christmas or any other religious holiday, no red, green, or Christmas trees, and nothing that will stain the carpet.

I'm pretty liberal, folks. I don't think kids should be singing Christmas carols in schools because it simply isn't fair to non-Christian kids (any more than it would be fair to Christian kids if they were forced to sing Jewish, Muslim, or Hindu songs ... think about it).

But the point of banning holiday speak inside public schools is simply to prevent kids from being forced by a non-religious government organization (aka a school) to participate in something religious-based. It's not to pretend holidays don't exist at all.

We want kids to learn about the world around them, don't we? To be aware of current events and to explore them in an inquisitive manner -- albeit a non-indoctrinative.

Unfortunately when you go so far as to ban COLORS, which have no more to do with religion than Frosty the Snowman does with pagan worshipping of the winter solstice, the message being sent to kids isn't about respect and religious tolerance. It's a message of fear. Don't ask about that, kids, because you're going to get in trouble! Don't you dare wear your favorite holiday sweater, kid, because it's baaaaad.

Before a move is made to ban anything in schools, the question must be asked: what will this actually TEACH the kids? Because if it is just going to confuse them, what's the point?

Do you think it is a good idea or ridiculous to ban colors for holiday parties in school?

Are we becoming too politically correct as a society?

by on Dec. 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Replies (11-16):
bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Dec. 9, 2013 at 3:08 PM
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Heehee!  I hope so too!

We no longer embrace the differences, we just try to ignore them or gloss over them like they don't exist.  It makes me sad for the next generation.  Look at all the awesomeness they will miss out on because they are no longer allowed to see the nuances.

Edited to fix the horrendous spelling of gloss!  LOL

Quoting TidewaterClan: I hope he got some cheese for his efforts!

Just feels like no one is allowed to be an individual anymore.


Quoting bluerooffarm:

That poor kitty!  "I can't believe you are taking this picture."

LOL but yeah!  That looks about right!

Quoting TidewaterClan:

I was thinking maybe the school district would be happy with something like this (no criticism meant for students or parents!):

Quoting bluerooffarm:

What about Purple and Pink for advent?  Isn't Yule Sabbat colors Red, Green, White, Gold and Silver?  What about Blue and White for Hannuka?  Black, Red, and Green for Kwanzaa?  Yellow, White, Light and Dark Blue for St Lucia?  And St Nicholas' colors (Dec 6th) are Red, White, Blue, and oddly enough Purple? So what the heck are kids supposed to wear or what color can they possibly choose that are NOT associated with a religious celebration in the winter month of December?




Mama2JoshKatie
by on Dec. 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM
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The school did this so as not to "offend" anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas. Sadly enough they probably would have offended someone, but they are offending people anyway so there is no winning for them. I'm sick and tired of how easily offended this culture has become! Now schools and other places are so intimidated and scared of ruffling feathers that they go to ridiculous extremes like banning colors.

paganbaby
by Silver Member on Dec. 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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Wow...

TidewaterClan
by on Dec. 9, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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I agree completely. I remember learning all kinds of things about people's beliefs and backgrounds, and thinking how cool it all was. The best part was the similarities, when I'd never guessed there would be any.

Youth are missing out on a huge part of learning because of rules like this.


Quoting bluerooffarm:

Heehee!  I hope so too!

We no longer embrace the differences, we just try to ignore them or gloss over them like they don't exist.  It makes me sad for the next generation.  Look at all the awesomeness they will miss out on because they are no longer allowed to see the nuances.

Edited to fix the horrendous spelling of gloss!  LOL

Quoting TidewaterClan: I hope he got some cheese for his efforts!



Just feels like no one is allowed to be an individual anymore.




Quoting bluerooffarm:

That poor kitty!  "I can't believe you are taking this picture."

LOL but yeah!  That looks about right!

Quoting TidewaterClan:

I was thinking maybe the school district would be happy with something like this (no criticism meant for students or parents!):

Quoting bluerooffarm:

What about Purple and Pink for advent?  Isn't Yule Sabbat colors Red, Green, White, Gold and Silver?  What about Blue and White for Hannuka?  Black, Red, and Green for Kwanzaa?  Yellow, White, Light and Dark Blue for St Lucia?  And St Nicholas' colors (Dec 6th) are Red, White, Blue, and oddly enough Purple? So what the heck are kids supposed to wear or what color can they possibly choose that are NOT associated with a religious celebration in the winter month of December?




kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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This goes beyond ridiculous! How is anything like this going to show kids to tolerate other people's beliefs or lack of in some cases?
IT ISN'T!!!!
ITLet me put up the definition of the true meaning of the word TOLERATE....

tol·er·ate
ˈtäləˌrāt/Submit
verb
1.
allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference.
"a regime unwilling to tolerate dissent"
synonyms: allow, permit, condone, accept, swallow, countenance

Can we HONESTLY say that THIS particular definition is happening in TODAY'S society?
Banning DOES NOT TEACH tolerance!!!

Those who celebrate.. should
and
those who do not.. should not

For those who do not celebrate, have another reason for them to celebrate that same day. Then no one side is offended.





ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Dec. 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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Yet another stupid rule at school....ugh.

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