Should "controversial" flyers, etc., be allowed in school?
A dad in Michigan is upset that the school his two children, ages 7 and 9, attend handed out flyers for an Easter egg hunt "Eggstravaganza!" Majed Moughni said that it "really bothered" his kids when they received the colorful invitation at school, which advertised the event that took place at a local Presbyterian Church. "My son was like, 'Dad, I really don't feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed to mix with schools,'" Moughni said.
And his son has a point. Whatever happened to that whole church and state thing?
Moughni, a Muslim, says that he greatly respects Christianity but doesn't think schools should promote events related to religious holidays. He said he would oppose flyers that promoted events at mosques as well. Many have commented that Moughni is overreacting (along with some other truly disturbing and close-minded sentiments; peruse the comments sections, if you dare). But do "controversial" organizations, like churches, political parties, or gun advocates, have any business handing out flyers in school? The people on the receiving end are children, for crying out loud. And they're in school when receiving them. Shouldn't the choices of when and how to introduce and handle these things be up to the parents at this stage in the game?
Some may argue that we live in the land of the overly sensitive these days -- and maybe we do -- but I'd like to ask those same people how they'd feel if their children brought home a flyer that was distributed at school for an event at a mosque. I could be wrong, but I certainly can't see the person who said, "Hey if he and his kids are offended so be it just go back to the war zone, enjoy" being super cool with it. And that's why all flyers or invitations that are associated with hot-button issues should be separate from school: It isn't one-size-fits-all, and it's a completely personal decision. (Though note: A little tolerance of people's differences never killed anybody.)
The purpose of schools should be to educate and protect, and beyond that, not much. I would be seriously taken aback if my daughter ever returned from school with a flyer for an event that was being held by the NRA, or an invitation to a rally for a specific candidate during an election (even if it was "my" choice). As her parent, I feel like it's my responsibility to introduce such things to her. (Not my responsibility to tell her how to think.)
Bottom line: An Easter egg hunt isn't going to kill anyone, but the fact is, it is a religious event -- at a church -- being advertised in a school. And that's not cool. If that's what you choose to believe, no harm, no foul, right? But if it's not, it's an issue. If churches or mosques or temples want to advertise events they're holding, they should do it elsewhere. When parents send their kids to school, they shouldn't have to worry about them encountering these things.
Do you think "controversial" flyers, etc., should be allowed in school?