I agree with the classroom time and not having a costume parade, but my students
only get two parties a year at school. I hardly think this harmful to classroom
learning. They only go for about an hour or less. I guess we could have an Arbor
Day party, but consider the fact that Druids worshipped trees. Glad I don't
Whatever pagan undertones once existed have largely been co-opted by capitalism.
Halloween is now a marketers holiday. The Druids have apparently disappeared
along with the apostrophe in the "e'en" that we were taught as
youths. How many home-made costumes, unlicensed characters, or home-made treats
will be present at the school festivities? Probably not many. Store-bought all
around. The Disney and Marvel folks will reap the royalties. Children are
being trained to be willing consumers.When I was a kid decades ago,
we would have the usual cardboard and crepe paper room decorations and maybe do
an art project, but that was it. No costumes or candy at school. The costume
parades seem to me to be an unnecessary diversion from the educational mission.
I agree with the Post columnist. Ditch the costume parties, not because they
are religious, but because they are not educational.As to the
parents who object to the inherent paganism of Halloween, perhaps they should
examine their Christmas traditions. Evergreen trees, mistletoe, the winter
solstice date, an elf delivering presents, Yule logs, reindeer, Jingle Bells--
it's hard to find a Christian basis for many of the customs we hold dear.
seriously? Tell me this thread would not be in the hundreds of post. most
outraged and claiming religious discrimination, if they canceled Christmas or
thanksgiving programs or parties.
Lame. The PC patrol at its finest.
If I had a child attending that school, I would take them out of the school (all
public schools) and consider home schooling or another alternative. The public
school system and the liberal/progressive teachers' union and government
involvement has destroyed the system and has created nothing less than a brain
washing machine. Our youth have been dummied down...mission accomplished.
Good move.Anything with religious undertones or overtones is
sg, around here most homeschooling is a joke. Try going to Costco and look at
all the kids running around when they should be hitting the books.
It may have had religious origins, but it's not religion-based now. Let
kids be kids. And let adults be idiots. But on their own time. Don't
deprive kids of a bit of fun.
I definitely liked Halloween as a kid, but as an adult I dislike it on many
levels. It tends to bring out the worst in many people. Trick-or-treating sends
all the wrong messages to kids, encouraging them to be greedy, selfish, and
intemperate. Dressing up can be fun, but some Halloween costumes are too
"dark" or otherwise inappropriate. In many jurisdictions, crime spikes
on Halloween. This holiday may be good for business, but otherwise I don't
see how it helps our society.I'm not under any delusions that
Halloween is going away anytime soon, and I'll continue to go through the
Halloween motions because it's part of our culture (and I was a sugared-up,
costumed little kid once), but if more schools and other institutions decided to
take steps to make less of Halloween, I wouldn't mind at all.
I remember the same controversy when I was a kid. UNICEF came to the rescue,
just send the kids out to collect money for them. Druids? How about
the Christians? All Hallows' Eve (all Saints day) is a Christian
celebration of the day initiating the triduum of Hallowmas, the day dedicated to
remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful
departed believers.Let the kids have their candy. Don't suck
all the life out of them before they become adults.
So for Halloween we can say 'just because it's leagal doesn't
make it right'. But don't use that same statement for gay marriage .
. . mml!