Monday, October 26, 2009

Messing with Halloween

A student just told me that in her kids' school new Halloween practices have been adopted. First of all, the students aren't allowed to refer to the holiday as Halloween because it may carry some religious connotations. Second, the children are not allowed to wear the traditional witch or monster costumes. Instead, they should wear a "community helper" costume. Firefighters and nurses are acceptable community helpers, but most other choices are out.

I don't know who comes up with these ideas but the purpose of this insanity is pretty obvious. I'm sure that in this, extremely conservative, area of Illinois, somebody is doing this stuff on purpose in order to make children hate the idea of political correctness from an early age. This completely exaggerated, unreasonable and indefensible approach is what is being sold to the kids of Southern Illinois (and many other places, I'm sure) as one of the limitations imposed on them by "those nasty, politically correct liberals."


Anonymous said...

You may be right, but it's more likely that this is the influence of the same religio-conservatives who think (somewhat correctly) that Halloween is a pagan, Satanic holiday.

The celebration of it in many conservative places is banned for just that reason.


Clarissa said...

Oh, I agree. But the explanation they give to parents is that this happens because of the "PC police." Obviously, they explain it this way to achieve their ideological goals. As a result, parents and kids think the fault lies with the liberals.