Friday, February 12, 2010

What the Heck Is "Friendship" Day?

Apparently, political correctness knows no bounds in Greece Central. First, we sanitized Halloween and removed it from many of the schools. Recognition of Christmas was also removed, but later restored after HMO were elected. Now, Valentine's Day has somehow been morphed into "Friendship Day."

What the heck is "wrong" about celebrating Valentine's Day? I don't want to hear about how it's a "popularity contest." That is easily corrected by telling kids they have to give Valentine's Day cards to every classmate, or by dropping the card exchange completely.

Just for giggles, I Googled "friendship day" and found that "International Friendship Day" is celebrated the first Sunday in August. So at best, we're misleading our children with the new name. WHY THE CHANGE?


Anonymous said...

Not absolutely sure, but I think it has something to do with Homosexual politicians and Skewl Stupidintendants.

Maybe somebody ought to alert a Reverend over on Latta Rd.

Anonymous said...

This must be a school-to-school difference. My elementary child was able to celebrate Halloween AND bring her costume to school. Today, they had a Valentine's Day party.

SCATS said...

I got a note that not all GCSD schools recognize Christmas even now. Apparently WR feels too special to follow BOE policy. And they are also one of the schools opting for the PC "Friendship Day" celebration. Do they think the kids are too stupid to figure out that it's a big joke?

Anonymous said...

Scool of choice means choosing to ignore policy and rules?

Anonymous said...

SCATS I always figured a 5 year old kid had a better Bullsnott detector than anybody I ever met with one of them phoney Doctorate of Education degrees.

Most 5 year olds haven't learned PC yet either.

SCATS said...

To 2:42AM ~~ Maybe we should get a few 5 yr. olds on the BOE ... hmm ...

A Christian Observes said...

The open celebration of St. Valentine's Day (like Christmas and Easter) is the product of a Christianity-centered local culture.

Consider that non-Christian yet law abiding, tax paying (yes Charlie "they" pay taxes, too), community volunteering, neighbor-helping citizens are made to feel like outcasts when they are forcefully subjected to Christian customs and ostracized when they are observed not actively participating.

Examples of being treated like outcasts will no doubt be evident as people comment on this post.

Watch for phrases of ignorance and intolerance rather than phrases of compassion, understanding and inclusion.

SCATS said...

To 1:23PM ~~ Like it or not, America is a Christian-based culture. I'm a firm believer of when in Rome, do as the Romans do. You don't have to become Christian to partake of a celebration. I'm not Catholic but Valentine's Day has been a holiday marked by family & friends through my childhood & into my adult life that I've never associated with religion, but with "love." How do you feel about Black History month? What about "dial 1 for English"?

Anonymous said...

It's even deeper than the Christian-based faith of the founding fathers, SCATS. Religion has always been a way to deal with the uncertainties of life. The days of the week, the months of the year are vestiges of Roman and other ancient religions. Even the Caduceus worn by health care providers is based on an old religious symbol! It's too bad we cannot learn to embrace these differences as part of our human experience, expressions that help us understand, or at least cope with, the unknown.

SCATS said...

To 7:31AM ~~ I didn't think about the connection to medicine, but I did think about our calender. I'm interested in differ cultures and actively seek out experiences to learn about them. Personally, I'm not into PC at all, especially not in our schools. I'm a firm believer in "Dial 2 for Spanish" and letting us English speaking folk continue on without punching extra numbers. I've noticed the ATMs are showing Spanish choices even. Black history month is ridiculous unless we can have white history month too. I don't think many kids even know who Thomas Edison is any more. Why can't we teach the various aspects of history, culture and religion interwoven as they happened?

Captain Obvious said...

Because those in authority choose what is taught in their realm.

So, at the risk of fanning flames, I will state the obvious in "non PC terms".

Here is an abridged list of three exclusive (not "inclusive") holidays and the group that their celebration alienates.

Christmas/Easter (non-Christians)
Halloween (Orthodox/strict Christians)

Teaching/instructing students about such customs and their basis is one thing. Forcing students to observe/celebrate them is an entirely different thing.

Put yourself in the shoes of a Jewish or strict Christian student. You'd understand what it feels like to be on "the outside" in your own community.

Greece is an overwhelmingly Christian/Catholic community. Expect no change. Re-read the first sentence of this post.

However, imagine how closely knit the community could become by celebrating our common threads:

Celebrate "Homecoming", K-12!

Create a real "Friendship Day" (not aligned with St. Valentines' Day timing or customs).

There's more, but the point is made. Best wishes, all. And thank you SCATS for providing a public forum for such positive communications on community-relevant topics.

SCATS said...

To Capt @11:04AM ~~ Your first sentence IS THE ISSUE then. FYI, there is a real Friendship Day, but it comes the first Sunday in August when school is not in session.

I'm still NOT OK with a school district that can send a kid home from school with a dreidel and written instructions on how the entire family can play the game (not to mention a kid who can sing all sorts of accompanying songs!), but can't permit a jack o'lantern or Christmas tree within the same building! It's a double standard at best and sends a message of non-inclusion of the masses residing here, as you noted.

I've put myself in the shoes of many others ... as I said, I'm a firm believer of when in Rome, do as the Romans do. I have a real life Jewish uncle. I have a few Muslim friends. I even attended the feast breaking Ramadan fasting held at the mall last Fall. Participating in a ritual out of respect and to learn about it and believing in its basis are two different things. Just my two cents worth ... OK three cents ;)

Anonymous said...

Maybe if the schools focused on educating our children in the 3 R's and some practical financial wisdom, etc there wouldn't be the need to fill the school days with holiday celebrations. The schools could leave that to parents and places of religious instruction.

SCATS said...

To 1:31PM ~~ You'll have to get that written into the contract ;)