A Perry Township elementary school, Glenn’s Valley, has succeeded in drawing my ire for their gross lack of common sense, and their ignorance of history and lack of courage to defend it. Traditionally, students and parents at this elementary school have had classroom parties to celebrate Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Halloween; but that is about to change. I am not certain if a parent and/or child was “offended” by the mere mention of these holidays, or an over-zealous administrator decided these holiday names were just too offensive. Regardless of the motivation, the party names have officially changed.
On September 28th, 2012 Glenn’s Valley sent a school bulletin home to parents to explain the schools updated “Holiday Party Policy.” On October 26th parents and students will have great fun as they celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving with their “Harvest Party.” On December 20th students can enjoy carrots and celery as they joyfully celebrate Christmas with their annual “Holiday Party.” And on February 14th Glenn’s Valley School students will forgo a Valentine’s Day celebration so they can revel at their “Friendship Party.”
Christmas, the recognition of Jesus Christ’s birth, was designated a federal/national holiday in 1870 by Congress and President Ulysses S. Grant. Thanksgiving, a holiday established to give thanks to Almighty God for His provisions, has been a federal/national holiday since our nation’s inception and was eventually fixed on the 4th day of November by President Roosevelt. Sooo….Why can’t a government school in central Indiana celebrate holidays that are recognized by the U.S. Federal Government?
The truth is that schools, public and private, can and should celebrate these holidays. Political correctness and the fear of law suits seem to have pushed many ignorant and spineless school administrators to water down our nation’s history and thus our holidays. The only thing Glenn’s Valley Elementary School succeeded in doing is to further offend the Christian majority and those parents with common sense. I am not ignorant of the fact that its apparently okay to offend Christians as long as it’s done under the guise of “inclusiveness.”
Many of our public schools have no problem showing movies in classrooms that depict adultery, violence, language, and immoral behavior and deem it “educational.” My wife and I personally experienced this and were forced to exclude one of my children from a class because the teacher decided to show the very movie I described; despite our objections and concerns. It is okay for our schools to offend the Christian values of my family by showing inappropriate movies, but it is not okay for schools to celebrate Christmas, a holiday that celebrates the birth of a man who called us to “turn the other cheek”, “forgive” and “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If I had to be forced to remove my child from a classroom over an inappropriate movie, why can’t the Muslim, Hindu, Atheist or Jewish families choose to exclude their child from a classroom throwing a Christmas party? The Christian is always the one sacrificed. Our public education system is upside down, broken beyond repair, and should be dismantled. (Stay tuned for a future article on the Purpose of Education)
In a similar act of stupidity, this same newsletter/bulletin stated, “Students may not bring cans of soda pop or candy to eat at lunch…juice boxes are acceptable….Students are expected to eat lunch each day unless parents send a note to the contrary….We cannot allow food from Taco Bell, Hardees, Wendy’s, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Subway, etc. to be brought to school at lunchtime by parents for their child. This activity causes too many distractions as well as hurt feelings among students.” So I can starve my child as long as I send a note, but I can’t send a few Skittles as a dessert in their lunch!? I am contemplating whether or not I will send my child to school with a 2-liter of Mountain Dew and a bag of M & M’s with a note stating, “MY CHILD has MY permission to eat this junk food just to offend whoever made this stupid rule.” Simply stated, I am responsible for my child’s nutrition…NOT the government schools; and I will decide what they eat; and I’m not concerned about whether or not little Johnnie has a jealous fit because he didn’t get McDonalds for lunch. Coveting your neighbor’s possessions is a lesson most of these kids (and politicians) need to be taught anyway.