No Halloween costumes due to…

PC madness ruins it for kids


PC madness – “equity”.

Portland school bans Halloween costumes over inequality

From King5: Many schools elect not to celebrate Halloween each year for various reasons, but some parents at a Portland school want their holiday traditions back.
The principal at Buckman Arts Elementary released a letter stating “the celebration of Halloween at school can lead to student exclusion.” Not wanting any students to feel left out over costumes, he said most Portland Public Schools would downplay Halloween because of “social, financial and cultural differences among our families that we must respect.”  The letter went on to say the decision was made in “the spirit of equity.”
Buckman parent Shannon Brazil opposed the policy on her blog Wednesday. The complaint ignited a controversy and led parents to start a petition to bring Halloween back.  “We live in America,” parent Rebekah Clark said. “We have the right and freedom to celebrate whatever we want.”
“It’s safe to say that the school is not hosting any Halloween parties and that the principal has asked students not to wear costumes,” said Matt Shelby with Portland Public Schools. “That said, they are hosting a harvest celebration.”
Buckman Principal Brian Anderson said the same policy was in place last year and he did not receive any complaints.  “I’m absolutely torn,” said parent Matt Callanan. “I’m a traditionalist at heart; I love the idea of my kids wearing a Halloween costume to school. But I really trust my principal’s judgment.”
Shelby said the principal has asked students not to wear costumes, but there is no district directive that bans costumes. He referred parents to the dress code always in place for Portland schools.  A child who shows up for school in costume runs the risk of being sent home.
How much does it take to put a Halloween costume together?  A white sheet with eye cutouts and you’re a ghost.  And kids are very creative – give them some old clothes, toys, etc. and they can come up with plenty of ideas.
This notion of “equity” is something all good socialists love.  Truth be told, we aren’t all equal in our capabilities and talents.  And teaching our children this notion only deters them from trying to be the best they can be, fearing they are better or have more than anyone else.  Not exactly an idea to instill in them if we want them to have a successful life.
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Spooky
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Spooky

This Harvest Day is like doublespeak from George Orwell. Just shifts it
to a new date. Why can’t Haarvest Day be shifted and just let the kids
decide if they are celebrating Harvest Day or Halloween?

microserf
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microserf

My kids public elementary schools supply milk, cheese and fruit to every child every morning. Frankly my children don’t need it as we live well, but this way every child starts the school day with food in their bellies and no one is isolated. Let the learning process begin. this is all paid for through public finances. I support thr program. Most schools here are also requiring uniforms in the public sytem to put everyone on a level playing field. I understand my republican conservatives will not like this. “why should we pay for them?” “let them eat cake”, I… Read more »

microserf
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microserf

no, people are different, some smarter than others, so what. Dumb people have a right to as affluent a life as possible. Are we going to let the dumb people starve or be uneducated? That will come back to bite you in the ass through increased crime, increased drop out rates, increased poverty, increased tax dollar expense to support them. Teach them to fish and they can feed themselves, it is absolutely in our interest. How well you gonna live when society breaks down due to our neglect, you can forget your BMW, vacations and restaurants, it will be a… Read more »

microserf
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microserf

spiritual? not sure about that…..there are serious societal problems for sure. You kinda pointed out my argument however. you are actively involved in helping the misfortunate, the forgotten. GREAT!! but what if we had prevented them from getting into that position in the first place through education, nutrition etc… we and they would all be better off. You’ve heard “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound cure”

microserf
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microserf

listen, spirtuality certainly is a factor in all this, or is it morality…I understand your position and your beliefs but they are short sighted. Not everything can be blamed on the lack of God. I have no problem with the separation of church and state, it is in fact a necessity. When you have presidents engaging in oral sex in the oval office and then declaring it wasn’t cheating because oral sex doesn’t count….well……..if it’s good enough for the president, it’s good enough for the masses. This is part of what’s going wrtong, there is no strong leadership with strong… Read more »

IvaluTheWord
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IvaluTheWord

Do they have to keep removing all the ‘fun’ for children and replace it with the kinds of things that children have no business being privy to yet? Let kids be kids…sheesh

Dave
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Dave

If the PC crowd starts screwing with Halloween candy, it will be time to rebel.
I was one of those kids that would traverse several neighborhoods, change costumes, and go through them all again. 🙂
LOL – I would still have Halloween candy when Christmas rolled around.
-Dave

tina
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they have to ruin it for the kids! schmucks.

Alice Wolf
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God closes doors no man can close.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Yeah. How the heck is “social inequality” thwarted by not allowing kids to celebrate Halloween in some manner?… no one’s making them celebrate Halloween, making them buy costumes, etc., or making them be embarrassed by lack of participation/wealth there-to anyway.