Tuesday, December 12, 2006

War on Christmas updates!

Christmas: The trees are back up in Seattle-Tac Airport as the rabbie who started it all is everywhere saying its not his fault. In a Louisville elementary school, one grinch of a teach whined about another teach putting up a Christmas tree with the title Santa's Helper because it offended her precious feelings. The principal is one of these multicult twits.

Brandeis Elementary School in West Louisville is all about multi-culturalism. Principal Shervita West-Jordan says she strives to embrace diversity, and respect all beliefs. So when a Jewish teacher said she was offended by a paper Christmas tree put up outside another teacher's classroom, Principal Jordan asked that it be changed. She, and the teacher who complained, were bothered by the fact that the tree was made up of hands which represented all the students in the class. Over the tree was a caption that read: "Santa's Helpers." "Of course, the children in her class room that were Indian and Muslim probably did not believe in Santa Claus," Jordan explained. They "were not 'Santa's Helpers.'" Jordan said the tree could stay, but the wording had to go. Her advice: "Make it say 'Holiday Helpers' or Winter Helpers,'" Jordan said, "to make it a little more inclusive." Instead, the teacher took the whole display down and replaced it with a note that read: "The Grinch has stolen the bulletin board."
Principal Multicult figured out the obvious.
After the Christmas tree at Brandeis came down, Principal Jordan realized she had a new problem. "If we don't include Christmas, we are not truly being multi-cultural." So she issued an apology to the teacher and asked that the kids' tree be put back up. She even approved the use of the words: "Santa's Helpers," although the teacher went with "Happy Holidays" instead. "We want to teach children that's it's OK for you to believe what you believe and for me to believe what I believe," Jordan said. "And how about let's learn from each other."
I feel so warm and fuzzy now.

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