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Are We Becoming Too Politically Correct as a Society?
December 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Elementary School Bans Red & Green Clothing & Decorations From Holiday Party

by Jeanne Sager

red and green ornamentWondering what crazy thing schools are going to ban next? How about colors? Yup, a public school in Texas is under fire for banning the colors red and green at its upcoming winter party (yes, winter, not Christmas). Nichols Elementary in Frisco, Texas, is en route to having the most politically correct holiday season ever.

And absolutely confusing the heck out of its students, I might add.

Apparently the official rules for winter parties at Nichols are as follows:

No reference to Christmas or any other religious holiday, no red, green, or Christmas trees, and nothing that will stain the carpet.

I'm pretty liberal, folks. I don't think kids should be singing Christmas carols in schools because it simply isn't fair to non-Christian kids (any more than it would be fair to Christian kids if they were forced to sing Jewish, Muslim, or Hindu songs ... think about it).

But the point of banning holiday speak inside public schools is simply to prevent kids from being forced by a non-religious government organization (aka a school) to participate in something religious-based. It's not to pretend holidays don't exist at all.

We want kids to learn about the world around them, don't we? To be aware of current events and to explore them in an inquisitive manner -- albeit a non-indoctrinative.

Unfortunately when you go so far as to ban COLORS, which have no more to do with religion than Frosty the Snowman does with pagan worshipping of the winter solstice, the message being sent to kids isn't about respect and religious tolerance. It's a message of fear. Don't ask about that, kids, because you're going to get in trouble! Don't you dare wear your favorite holiday sweater, kid, because it's baaaaad.

Before a move is made to ban anything in schools, the question must be asked: what will this actually TEACH the kids? Because if it is just going to confuse them, what's the point?

Do you think it is a good idea or ridiculous to ban colors for holiday parties in school?

Are we becoming too politically correct as a society?

Replies

  • kmath
    by kmath
    December 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Banning colors is ridiculous!  Seriously, what is the point of that?  Yes, PC has become overwhelming and too stupid for words.

  • TidewaterClan
    December 9, 2013 at 12:39 PM
    Better wipe out blue for Hanukkah, black because it's used for Kwanzaa along with red & green, white may be just too angelic.

    I remember going to school & learning about the holidays my Native American classmate celebrated, along with friends who were Jewish. That was one of the cool things about growing up in a time when it was ok to talk about how we did (or didn't for others) worship. I loved that part of school (and work - we had people from tons of ethnic backgrounds). Youth today are missing out on some wonderful opportunities to share ideas because the adults around them are too worried about what other adults will think.
  • Dawn07
    by Dawn07
    December 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM
    I commented on this elsewhere and I'll say the same thing here.
    This is going too far. Red and green as well as blue and white are considered to be colors associated with winter. Different holidays have adapted those colors for themselves. They are not teaching tolerance here.
  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    December 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM

     I agree with you! The funny thing is so many people think that you learn tolerance better in public school!

    Quoting Dawn07: I commented on this elsewhere and I'll say the same thing here.
    This is going too far. Red and green as well as blue and white are considered to be colors associated with winter. Different holidays have adapted those colors for themselves. They are not teaching tolerance here.

     

  • Dawn07
    by Dawn07
    December 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM
    I know right! If actual tolerance was being taught in schools we wouldn't have extreme bullying going on.

    Quoting usmom3:

     I agree with you! The funny thing is so many people think that you learn tolerance better in public school!


    Quoting Dawn07: I commented on this elsewhere and I'll say the same thing here.
    This is going too far. Red and green as well as blue and white are considered to be colors associated with winter. Different holidays have adapted those colors for themselves. They are not teaching tolerance here.

     

  • mem82
    by mem82
    December 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM
    Smh
  • bluerooffarm
    December 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    What about Purple and Pink for advent?  Isn't Yule Sabbat colors Red, Green, White, Gold and Silver?  What about Blue and White for Hannuka?  Black, Red, and Green for Kwanzaa?  Yellow, White, Light and Dark Blue for St Lucia?  And St Nicholas' colors (Dec 6th) are Red, White, Blue, and oddly enough Purple? So what the heck are kids supposed to wear or what color can they possibly choose that are NOT associated with a religious celebration in the winter month of December?

  • TidewaterClan
    December 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I was thinking maybe the school district would be happy with something like this (no criticism meant for students or parents!):

    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    What about Purple and Pink for advent?  Isn't Yule Sabbat colors Red, Green, White, Gold and Silver?  What about Blue and White for Hannuka?  Black, Red, and Green for Kwanzaa?  Yellow, White, Light and Dark Blue for St Lucia?  And St Nicholas' colors (Dec 6th) are Red, White, Blue, and oddly enough Purple? So what the heck are kids supposed to wear or what color can they possibly choose that are NOT associated with a religious celebration in the winter month of December?


  • bluerooffarm
    December 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    That poor kitty!  "I can't believe you are taking this picture."

    LOL but yeah!  That looks about right!

    Quoting TidewaterClan:

    I was thinking maybe the school district would be happy with something like this (no criticism meant for students or parents!):

    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    What about Purple and Pink for advent?  Isn't Yule Sabbat colors Red, Green, White, Gold and Silver?  What about Blue and White for Hannuka?  Black, Red, and Green for Kwanzaa?  Yellow, White, Light and Dark Blue for St Lucia?  And St Nicholas' colors (Dec 6th) are Red, White, Blue, and oddly enough Purple? So what the heck are kids supposed to wear or what color can they possibly choose that are NOT associated with a religious celebration in the winter month of December?



  • TidewaterClan
    December 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM
    I hope he got some cheese for his efforts!

    Just feels like no one is allowed to be an individual anymore.


    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    That poor kitty!  "I can't believe you are taking this picture."

    LOL but yeah!  That looks about right!

    Quoting TidewaterClan:

    I was thinking maybe the school district would be happy with something like this (no criticism meant for students or parents!):

    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    What about Purple and Pink for advent?  Isn't Yule Sabbat colors Red, Green, White, Gold and Silver?  What about Blue and White for Hannuka?  Black, Red, and Green for Kwanzaa?  Yellow, White, Light and Dark Blue for St Lucia?  And St Nicholas' colors (Dec 6th) are Red, White, Blue, and oddly enough Purple? So what the heck are kids supposed to wear or what color can they possibly choose that are NOT associated with a religious celebration in the winter month of December?



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