Did you catch yesterday’s headline in the Los Angeles Times, “Police called over Thanksgiving dispute at Claremont school”?
According to the article,
Protesters descended Tuesday on Condit Elementary School in Claremont, tersely arguing over the construction-paper pilgrim and Native American costumes worn by kindergartners at a decades-old Thanksgiving tradition. Police were called to the school when tensions rose.
The article also says that the police
officers were monitoring the Claremont Unified Superintendent David Cash’s home after he received hate mail and told police that he feared for his safety.
All of this in response to the district’s attempts to bring politically correctness and respect for all.
It reminded me of my district’s move toward a politically correct Halloween. We haven’t taken as strong of a stance on Thanksgiving. At my school we had a traditional Thanksgiving feast in our kindergarten classrooms yesterday. After reading this article and reflecting on my own practice I'd like your perspective on this issue. How should we respond to these adaptive challenges?
I'd love to hear and learn from Condit Elementary School principal Tim Northrop or superintendent David Cash on this topic.
How does your school handle Halloween or Thanksgiving?
Is it politically correct?