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A school in Florida, ironically named Freedom Elementary School has taken it upon itself to outlaw everything to do with Christmas or the holidays. Florida Herald Tribune
"There's a lot of rules and regulations out there," said Freedom Principal Gary Holbrook, "You're trying to be respectful of everyone."

While it may seem extreme, Freedom Elementary's elimination of all holiday and seasonal references is becoming more common as school administrators struggle to balance political correctness and a desire to celebrate the holidays with their students.

... Some students say they don't care if there's no holiday decorations -- but they do miss the holiday movies and parties.

"We did that in elementary school, and it was fun," said Braden River Middle seventh-grader Elizabeth Myers, 13.

One little note to the Principal, Gary Holbrook, before I go off on a rant. You are being disrespectful to more people than you are showing respect to by your actions. By banning freedom of enjoyment and fun and letting others show respect for others beliefs in the classroom you are being an asshole and not allowing kids to learn that others are different. You are teaching these kids that if a small few are annoying enough they can punish everyone else for their beliefs or for their celebration of holiday seasons that the rest of the country is currently celebrating. You are an asshat!

OK, now for my incoherent rant.

Let's just ban fun altogether. What kid wants to have fun at school anyway? They'd much rather all be treated as robots with absolutely no stimulation at all. We should also cut down all Pine or Evergreen trees within sight of any school as it may be pointed out by little Johnny to his Jewish friend, by saying "Hey that looks like a Christmas tree!" at which time his Jewish friend will lose all beliefs in his own religion, convert to Christianity and call his family heathens. We can't have that. We can't have a little English kid mentioning to Johnny that in cricket, like baseball, a ball is also thrown. I mean that would just destroy little Johnny's belief in America. If you live in a snowy part of the world, don't let your kid make a snowball, it could be misconstrued by a Buddhist next door as a violent act when it is thrown.

Better yet lets all just by 3 foot by 3 foot boxes that are soundproof and all lock ourselves in there for life so that we may not unintentionally offend someone, but then you'd have the homeless claiming we're all making a mockery of them.

OK, enough of my stupid rant, I'm just so sick of this shit I can't even think coherently.

Our friends over at The Education Wonks, who tipped us to this, are outraged as well -- yet more coherent and less pissed.

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Posted by Digger on December 3, 2004 01:58 PM (Permalink)

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This weekend, my kids were singing "dradle dradle dradel, I made it out of clay" on the way into church. I think its a good approach their school has. Today my son learned about Kawanza. I'd prefer they learn about Ramadan than ban all religous songs.

Posted by: Jane on December 3, 2004 04:07 PM

I am of the same opinion. It does not hurt kids to know what other people are talking about. As long as they aren't trying to convert your child and are just being informative I don't see any problem.

Now don't get me started on overly aggressive religions like the Jehovas Witnesses and even some holier than thou "You'll burn in hell" over the top born again Christians...

Posted by: Digger on December 3, 2004 05:07 PM

This is worse than ignoring the holiday. It's replacing the holiday.

Posted by: PSoTD on December 4, 2004 06:59 AM

The more I read this article, the more rediculous it sounds. Why don't we just become a bunch of Scrooges and do away with Christmas all together? Jeez, the next thing we'll be hearing about is that they're going to take away Martin Luther King, Jr holiday because some country biggot redneck thinks it's wrong to celebrate it.

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