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Old 04-12-2011, 07:11 AM
 
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Easter Eggs? Call Them 'Spring Spheres,' Seattle Teacher Reportedly Instructs Teen Volunteer - ParentDish

Christmas vacation has become winter break, now Easter eggs have become spring spheres? What's a parent to do?

How do we, as parents and human beings allow this political correctness to invade every aspect of our lives?

How do we teach our children one thing at home, only to find out they are taught the opposite at school?

Therein lies the breakdown between home and school. Kids will believe what their parents tell them, and if what they learn at school is opposite, or way off mark, they take it as lying and confusing.

Will YOUR kids be coloring Easter eggs, or spring spheres this year?
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:14 AM
 
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the only way to address this to everyones satisfaction is to not celebrate any holidays at school.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Easter and Christmas are real times of the year even if you don't believe in their religious meanings. I know many Jewish families who celebrate Christmas and Easter in secular fun ways with their children. I think it is ridiculous the extent to which people are trying to be politically correct.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:31 AM
 
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Easter Eggs? Call Them 'Spring Spheres,' Seattle Teacher Reportedly Instructs Teen Volunteer - ParentDish

Christmas vacation has become winter break, now Easter eggs have become spring spheres? What's a parent to do?

How do we, as parents and human beings allow this political correctness to invade every aspect of our lives?

How do we teach our children one thing at home, only to find out they are taught the opposite at school?

Therein lies the breakdown between home and school. Kids will believe what their parents tell them, and if what they learn at school is opposite, or way off mark, they take it as lying and confusing.


Will YOUR kids be coloring Easter eggs, or spring spheres this year?
While the whole "spring spheres" thing is a little ridiculous, not to mention incorrect geometry-wise, I think the comments in bold are exactly why we need to keep religious beliefs out of public school.

It's up to parents to teach their children about faith, and seeing as there are all types of faiths - or not - celebrated by different families that attend the same public school, there is no one size fits all philosophy that the schools could adopt that would satisfy everyone.

Yes the Easter egg thing is silly, as it doesn't really pertain to the religious aspect of the holiday, but as a rule I think public schools should opt out of religious celebrations.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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but as a rule I think public schools should opt out of religious celebrations.
I second that.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:40 AM
 
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Easter and Christmas are real times of the year even if you don't believe in their religious meanings. I know many Jewish families who celebrate Christmas and Easter in secular fun ways with their children. I think it is ridiculous the extent to which people are trying to be politically correct.
But so are Passover and Hanukkah. I also know plenty of Jewish families who do these holidays - they don't do anything with Easter or Christmas.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:43 AM
 
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Why in the world are they doing anything Easter Egg-related at school, anyway? Calling them "spring spheres" is absolutely ridiculous, but they don't belong at school in the first place. Parents can call them whatever they want at home. We'll be decorating Easter eggs, but at HOME. It's certainly not appropriate at a public school.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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But so are Passover and Hanukkah. I also know plenty of Jewish families who do these holidays - they don't do anything with Easter or Christmas.
You are absolutely right. However I live in the South where these Jewish Holidays are not as widely known as other parts of the country. My Jewish friends who celebrate "christian" holidays do so for their children I believe.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Why in the world are they doing anything Easter Egg-related at school, anyway? Calling them "spring spheres" is absolutely ridiculous, but they don't belong at school in the first place. Parents can call them whatever they want at home. We'll be decorating Easter eggs, but at HOME. It's certainly not appropriate at a public school.

Reluctantly I agree but I still have a hard time with Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Denver area
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I just glanced at the article....it seems that the school was NOT celebrating Easter or dying eggs and calling them Spring Spheres....A teen was doing volunteer work at an elementary school. She wanted to bring in treat filled eggs so she checked with the teacher, who checked with the administration. Who said yes but....you can't call them Easter Eggs, you can call them Spring Spheres (the calling them spheres does bother me somewhat)...I'm guessing they were trying to find a way not to burst the teen's enthusiasm and still fall within the guidelines.

I'd feel differently if it was the teachers idea or some school sanctioned activity but since the school was apparently simply trying to find a way to allow the teen volunteer to do her thing...I guess I don't think it's a huge deal...If I were the kind to be really concerned about stuff, I'd probably be more concerned at giving them candy at school...

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