Holidays, by their very nature, are exclusive and must be banned.
That seems to be the message principal Eujin Jaela Kim is sending at her school, PS 169, in Sunset Park, New York. According to the New York Post, the following holidays and festive items have been banned or suggested banned by Kim and her assistant principal Jose Chapparro:
1. Christmas parties. A "winter celebration" has been substituted instead. (Editor's note: Brings to mind one of the saddest of all childhood phrases, “Always winter but never Christmas," from the Chronicles of Narnia.)
2. Saying "Merry Christmas."
3. Angels, a star on the top of the tree, and Santa. All are too religious.
4. Thanksgiving. A "harvest festival" is suggested instead.
On a side note, the practice of selecting student leaders to recite the Pledge of Allegiance once a week also ended when Kim took charge.
Chapparro sent a memo to staff last month telling staff to “be sensitive of the diversity of our families. Not all children celebrate the same holidays.”
According to ABC7NY Eyewitness News, Department of Education spokesperson Devora Kaye defended Kim, saying, "We work to foster inclusive communities in our schools that welcome students and families, and celebrate the diverse values and traditions of all New Yorkers. This principal continues to work closely with her school community to ensure PS 169 is an inclusive school, meet students' and families' needs, and celebrate the values that make her community and New York City great."
Do you ever feel that this push for inclusiveness excludes more people than it includes?