There is a school district that's been on the local news lately. They don't allow their students to celebrate Halloween in school. I know, there are a lot of districts that no longer allow Halloween celebrations because of its connection to witchcraft, which many believe is too controversial and offends the beliefs of others. It's something that teachers have had to be careful about.
But it's not just about Halloween. The students at this school have been told they can't celebrate Columbus Day and Thanksgiving as well!
Check out the news clip on eliminating fall holidays!
OK, I realize that Columbus was as little shadier than we learned while we were kids. But he was a key factor in exploration and the Europeans settling in the new world. He's part of our history.
But....Thanksgiving? How can giving thanks be offensive to people? Are turkeys offensive to people? Or is it the cranberry sauce?
Honestly, it's the celebration of these fall holidays that keep the spirits up! We are so burdened with "teaching to the test" and Core Curriculum and NCLB and AYP... I could keep going, but I won't! We need these holidays to have something fun for the kids to enjoy while practicing their skills. Brain research indicates the need to keep learning fun and keep the interests of the learner in the picture.
Just an example: Search Halloween at Teachers Pay Teachers and you'll notice 1,118 results. Most of these are directly related to curriculum areas such as reading, math, and written language. (Check out this gem: Halloween Packet by yours truly.)
What do you think about giving up Columbus Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving? I'd love to hear your opinion!