Originally Posted by Tapioca
Duh, because it's part of the world around it which is Santarized.
This is just rude. I'm sure, as an Orthodox Jew, she is much more aware of how invasive Santa is to absolutely every single facet of American culture from Thanksgiving through New Year's.
You know, I do celebrate Christmas as a more secular holiday. I have no problem with Santa, per se. But, it is a CHRISTMAS figure. Christmas is a CHRISTIAN holiday. There really isn't a way to say it isn't. I'm sorry. You can try to say it isn't, but it really, really is.
And , it has no part of the public school. Little kids are not able to navigate or negotiate the complicated cultural waters that come with an event like this. It is a hornet's nest that is bound to offend and hurt someone. So, yes, let this one place be a bastion from the cultural implications that are present everywhere. Let the obvious bias toward Christmas stay out of the public schools, where EVERYONE is entitled to a safe education. And, no, I don't believe that parading Santa around the school makes it an emotionally safe place for the little Jewish kid, or the little Muslim kid, the little Buddhist kid, etc., etc. I'm sure, absolutely positive, that those that treasure the memories of Santa will expose those children to the same, magical moments. This isn't the school's job or place. If we were talking about a unit in social studies that studied different religions around the world, I would have no problem with that. Having Santa come to the class and "Ho, Ho, Ho," everyone is a duck of a different feather, though.
And, for the record, I am not saying that there should be no celebrations in school. There are many ways that kids and teachers can celebrate together in school that do not include religious holidays that may or may not be celebrated by everyone involved.