Skip to comments.Spokane (WA) school newsletter omits Christmas from December dates
Posted on 11/30/2007 1:41:35 PM PST by teacherwoes
SPOKANE, Wash. - They made a list, but they should have checked it twice.
In a December newsletter to the families of elementary school students, Spokane Public Schools' list of "important dates" didn't include Christmas.
Hanukkah, Human Rights Day, winter break, the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha, first day of winter and Kwanzaa all made the list. But no Christmas.
"It was absolutely an error of omission," district spokeswoman Terren Roloff said. "In our efforts to be inclusive, we missed the obvious."
The omission drew complaints from some parents that in an age of political correctness, Christians are being overlooked in favor of other cultures and beliefs.
Greater Spokane Association of Evangelicals Executive Director John Tusant said the error surprised him.
"The stores have been decorated for the last month. How do you overlook that?" Tusant asked.
Hutton School parent Jane Harper noted the absence of Christmas but didn't think the omission was meant as a message to Christians.
"Christmas is so dominant in our society. I don't know that anyone should feel slighted," Harper said.
Roloff said the district would not have included Hanukkah and Eid al-Adha if it had intended to avoid religious celebrations. She said her office has been fielding calls about the newsletter from concerned parents, and that most have been understanding about the mix-up.
Spokane Public Schools has no policy barring Christmas references at school, and Christmas decorations are permitted. But Roloff said the holiday is not the district's focus.
"Our focus is education," she said.
The district's community relations department sent e-mails to school staff accepting responsibility for the "Bulletin Board" newsletter blunder and calling it "an honest, unfortunate mistake."
Christmas had been added to the "important dates" section of the online version of the school district's newsletter by Thursday afternoon.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesmanreview.com
...but we're too ignorant to remember the date of the Christmas holiday
I’m not as bothered by the fact that they missed Christmas as I am by the fact that included Kwaanza and other religious holidays.
Everyone knows when Christmas is. It’s a federal holiday, and nearly everyone gets the day off. (I heard that some Jewish-owned companies work on Christmas, which just seems strange to me.)
Wasn’t Kwaanza started by some rapist or something?
I am so glad I moved.
“Wasnt Kwaanza started by some rapist or something?”
It was some felon cab driver. I used to have the story saved, but can;t find it now.
If someone has “the story of Kwanza” please post. It’s jolly!
“Wasnt Kwaanza started by some rapist or something?”
See linked story below (tip of the hat to David Horowitz/FrontPageMag).
Some time when I lived in Los Angeles (1995-2005), one of the free
“alternative” weekly new/advert papers did a story on him.
(The “alternative” papers were a MUCH better source of what was
really going on in LA than the LA Times!).
IIRC, the investigative reporter learned that the LA Times archival
copies of Karenga’s assault on two women have “gone missing”.
But he’s surely turned himself around. He’s probably banking over
$100K/yr as a department chairman at a state U.
Seriously, he’s an example of why we should have universities and
tenure. To serve as ghettos where tenured revolutionaries grow indolent
and less dangerous with frequent faculty club “all you can eat”
caviar and champagne.
Too bad decent students have to suffer with guys like this though.
Parents, pull your kids from that school and tell the administration you’ll return them when the calendar is corrected. If enough parents cause financial hardship for the district, they’ll listen.
“Christmas is so dominant in our society. I don’t know that anyone should feel slighted,” Harper said......Sure!
He is not as infamous as the two other black con men, but hey, they didn't invent their own holiday.
karenga believes he has scammed more blacks than sharpton, but admits to being a distant second the the black, hair-lipped, grifter in chief, jesse "hymetown" jackson.
Washington State Public School System!
You can bet they wouldn’t miss putting the date Pproperty taxes were due on any calender.
Kwanzaa is the ultimate chump holiday -- Jim Crow with a false and festive wardrobe.That pretty much says it all.
Christians are not being overlooked; they're being disrespected, as is our Lord and Savior. May He forgive them for what they do.
It says much about public education that most people aren’t even surprised by things like this.
I thought The Grinch Who Stole Christmas was a fictional character. Looks like we found Another Reason To Homeschool.
They left out Festivus.
What a load.....
This was not an oversight. Christmas is the first thing people think of when they think of Dec.
Fer cryin' out loud, the stores are starting to sell Christmas decorations after Labor Day now.
Therein lies the problem. Even if a majority of the families pulled their students from the school they wouldn't suffer financial hardship because they are on the public dole.
JUST AN OVERSIGHT, WE’RE SURE
“In a December newsletter to the families of elementary school students, Spokane (Wa.) Public Schools’ list of ‘important dates’ didn’t include Christmas. Hanukkah, Human Rights Day, winter break, the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha, first day of winter and Kwanzaa all made the list. But no Christmas.”
- Wire service report, 12/1/07
Hanukkah, Human Rights Day, winter break, the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha, first day of winter and Kwanzaa all made the list, but Spokane Public Schools snubbed Christmas.
Yuletide was left off a list of important dates in a December newsletter sent to elementary school students families, drawing complaints from some parents that in an age of political correctness, Christians are being overlooked in favor of other cultures and beliefs.
As the response started coming in, the districts community relations department began damage control, sending out e-mails to school staff accepting responsibility for the Bulletin Board newsletter blunder and calling it an honest, unfortunate mistake. Christmas had been added to the important dates section of the online version of the school districts newsletter by Thursday afternoon. Posted in: Political Correctness
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