As I reported last month, a community in Ohio was going to take the “Easter” out of an egg hunt until an individual provided a private monetary donation so that government money would not be used in a way that might “offend” someone.
Now in the Seattle area, a sophomore at a local private high school is being asked to bring “political correctness” to a community service project. Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.
“At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that,” Jessica said. She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about “their abstract behavior rules.”
“I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay,” Jessica explained. “She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat ‘spring spheres.’ I couldn’t call them Easter eggs.” “When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, ‘Oh look, spring spheres’ and all the kids were like ‘Wow, Easter eggs.’ So they knew,” Jessica said.
The Seattle elementary school isn’t the only government organization using spring over Easter. The city’s parks department has removed Easter from all of its advertised “spring egg hunts“.
Not only do I have a problem with trying to remove “Easter” from the name of the holiday, I do believe that it is incorrect to compare the shape of an egg to that of a sphere:
- Definition of sphere: A sphere (from Greek σφαῖρα—sphaira, “globe, ball”) is a perfectly round geometrical object in three-dimensional space, such as the shape of a round ball. Like a circle in two dimensions, a perfect sphere is completely symmetrical around its center, with all points on the surface lying the same distance r from the center point.
- Definition of the shape of an egg: Having an oval form, usually with one end larger than the other. An oval (from Latin ovum, ‘egg‘) is a figure constructed from two pairs of arcs, with two different radii.
Yes, in order to bring political correctness to the meaning of Easter, we must know confuse the children with the geometrical shape of an egg. Good job public schools!