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.