Friday, October 28, 2005

Toronto tax dollars at work

Toronto school board memo calls for halloween to be downplayed. Hat tip: London Fog.

TORONTO - Teachers should forego traditional classroom Halloween celebrations because they are disrespectful of Wiccans and may cause some children to feel excluded, says a Toronto District School Board memo sent to principals and teachers this week.

"Many recently arrived students in our schools share absolutely none of the background cultural knowledge that is necessary to view 'trick or treating,' the commercialization of death, the Christian sexist demonization of pagan religious beliefs, as 'fun,' " says the memo.

Entitled "Halloween at TDSB Schools: Scarrrrrry Stufff," the document seeks to clarify for teachers and principals the extent to which Halloween activities should be pursued in multicultural settings. In the past, the unsigned memo laments, schools have received "mixed messages" from the board regarding Halloween.


Shawn said...

Wow, what an insane policy. How is it that kids dressing up one day a year can be so offensive to people? However, it is perfectly OK for other cultures to display their traditions on a daily basis. If you don't like it, stay home.

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Anonymous said...

You have GOT to be kidding me. It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry when you read stuff like this. Disrespectful to Wiccans? Of course, the fact that some found Halloween offensive to Christianity in the past never stopped it, but God forbid (pardon the pun) if Wiccans are offended! Un-freaking-believable.

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