How “woke” is your child’s elementary school? Are they woke enough to employ the typical leftist indoctrination that kills any fun a kid might have while at school? If so, then you’ll love what a North suburban Chicago school did recently — and all in the name of “equity and inclusion,” too!
Honestly, it’s enough to make you puke in your soup.
Lincoln Elementary School in Evanston, Ill. recently reportedly cancelled its Halloween celebration this year, in favor of a “fall celebration” scheduled to take place in its stead on November 1st.
“While we recognize that Halloween is a fun tradition for many families, it is not a holiday that is celebrated by all members of our school community and for various reasons,” Lincoln Principal Michelle Cooney said. “There are also inequities in how we have traditionally observed the holiday as part of our school day. Our goal at Lincoln is to provide space and opportunities for all students to be part of the community — not to create an environment that may feel exclusive or unwelcoming to any child.”
This is why kids are forced to grow up way too quickly, because this leftist idea of how government run public schools should function has essentially squelched kids from being allowed to be kids.
Nejra Bajric, a mother of a Lincoln student, told the Chicago Tribune that despite her family not being from the U.S. — while being part of a religion that doesn’t traditionally celebrate Halloween — she thinks its a wonderful American tradition that allows kids to “assimilate” to their new home.
“Halloween is a cultural American holiday, and it’s being canceled because of religious groups,” Bajric told the Tribune. “We’re a Bosnia and Muslim immigrant and refugee family. Halloween, when we moved (to Chicago) from a different country, was one of the greatest things.
I didn’t get to celebrate the other holidays. Halloween was my way of being like the other kids. Other students from other countries (at Lincoln), they get to feel like the other kids and participate in a cultural holiday.”
Another parent of students at Lincoln, Mark Gruber, told the Tribune that while he understand a few people might not celebrate Halloween, the school should have had a conversation with parents about cancelling the yearly festivities instead of just blindly deciding what was best for everyone else.
“If you want to be inclusive have a conversation and get input from all members of the community,” Gruber said. “It’s very hard in public school, but it was just decided and that’s why people are so upset — it was just decided. Bring out ideas and discussion about how can we move forward that tries to meet as many needs as possible, not change (our behaviors and traditions) for the views of a few people. That’s not the way society works.”
Gruber’s right. That’s not how society SHOULD work. But it’s a public school, which means the government is going to make parenting decisions for you because they think they know how to raise your children better than you do.
Yours truly grew up going to an elementary school not too far from Lincoln, and I can remember that almost every Halloween we would have a costume parade through the entire school. Every kid loved it and, as far as the kids knew, no one complained about it, even if you were one of the very few who didn’t wear a costume to school.