Stop Cancelling Holidays [Rant]
A story published by the Star Tribune earlier this morning tells the tale of another holiday being cancelled at an elementary school over concerns of "cultural sensitivity".
How culturally insensitive.
The Bruce Vento Elementary School staff was informed by principal Scott Masini that the school is banning celebrating "dominant holidays"; including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and...Valentine's Day.
As student bodies become more culturally diverse, schools are apparently becoming increasingly paranoid about celebrating traditional American holidays. Masini released a comment saying, "I’m struggling with this and I don’t know what the right answer is. But, what I do know is celebrating some holidays and not others is not inclusive of all of the students we serve."
Ya know, he's right. Celebrating some holidays and ignoring others is culturally insensitive. But he's going in the exact opposite direction that he should be going.
That's right: have kids celebrate MORE holidays. Let them learn about other religions and cultures. Educate them. That's what school is for, right? Learning and education?
Oh right, it's for test-taking. Guess I'll just have to be a parent and teach the kids myself.