Skip to comments.Mass. elementary school changes name of St. Patrick's Day to O'Green Day to be more inclusive
Posted on 03/16/2012 9:42:30 AM PDT by NYer
(Billy Hallowell) -- St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday rooted in Christian values, however secular celebrations are also regularly held to commemorate the day. In fact, for a great many, the religious tones aren’t even a consideration, as alcohol, Shamrock shakes and other fun-filled elements regularly dominate the day’s observations. Somehow, though, the holiday is reportedly still too religious for one Massachusetts elementary school.
At the Soule Road School in Wilbraham, St. Patrick‘s Day has been replaced as the name for the school’s celebration surrounding the popular holiday. It’s been replaced with the generic “O’Green Day.” MassLive.com’s Patrick Johnson calls the move “a heavy-handed attempt to instill political correctness among the impressionable 4th and 5th graders.”
The school’s principal, Lisa Curtin, is apparently looking to become more inclusive. So, rather than tout St. Patrick’s Day, she has purportedly come up with a way to circumvent the faith-related nature of the holiday. The school apparently did something similar for St. Valentine’s Day, which, in some classrooms, was referred to as “Caring and Kind Day.”
A copy of the school’s calendar shows March 16 listed as ”O’Green Day / Tasting’ of the Green,” although St. Patrick’s Day does, indeed, appear on the calendar (on Saturday):
On this day, students are apparently being encouraged to wear green and they will be treated to special, green colored vegetables in the cafeteria.
“I think it’s really stupid,” says local resident Janet Carlyle. “I don‘t understand why they would change history’s old holiday names to something just to remove the essence of religion of it when it’s not really religious holidays.”
Another parent said that the changes were made to accommodate “faith issues.”
“I think in today’s world to try and make children understand caring and consideration is, I can understand from that point of view,” said Joan Harrington, a former high school teacher. “As someone who’s been around a long time, the holidays have meaning to me.”
Regardless of the motivation, these holiday name-changes reflect the growing removal of faith-based values and mentions in public schools.
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This is what happens when government is involved in education. Biggest mistake the American people ever made.
Interesting that the day following O’Green day is still St. Patrick’s Day...
St Patrick was a gentleman
He came from decent people
He built his church in Dublin Town
And on it put a steeple
His father was a Gallagher
His mother was a Grady
His aunt was an OShaughnessy
His uncle was a Brady
The Wicklow Hills are very high
And so is the Hill of Howth sir
Theres a hill much higher still
Higher than them both sir
On the top of this high hill
St Patrick preached his sermon
Which drove the frogs into the bogs
And banished all the vermin
Just another example of the indoctrination of the next generation of left-wing moonbats.
Janet Carlyle says: I dont understand why they would change historys old holiday names to something just to remove the essence of religion...”
You’ve already answered your own question Ms. Carlyle.
isn’t calling an irishman O’Green an insult? or at least a racial slur?
Green vegetables? How novel!
I am sick & tired of these Irish stereotypes......As soon as I finish this drink, I’m gunna punch someone!
Q: What’s green and hangs out in your back yard?
A: Paddy O’Furniture
The dirty little secret...O stands for Obama!
When will they change the name of Martin Luther King Day?
Do you think changing Thanksgiving Day to "Give People The Bird Day" will fly?
There is absolutely no reason why people who peomote this kind of PC idiocy should not immediately be removed from their positions and thrown into prison.
I call it hate speech against the Catholic Church.
Will they chanage “kwanza” to something inclusive to non marxists?
It’ll probably happen...after all they tried to make “Christmas” into the “winter festival”...
A funny thing is...the day before O’Green Day...
what would that be? O’Green Day Eve?....
has for the lunch:
Broccoli, Cheese and Bacon Bits (Bit O Green)
Garden Salad (Green)
Green Jello w/Topping (Honking Green)
Fruit & Vegie Bar (Assuming Green)
O’Green Day lunch menu:
Pizza (Hope it’s not Green)
Garden Salad (there’s some Green)
Fruit & Veggie Bar (probably more Orange-lol)
I vastly prefer denying history and reality.
We should call Independence Day “Barbeque Day” or “Fireworks Day”.
I notice the date on that calender is 2012....2012 years since what happened? To be really inclusive, should we get rid of the count of years since Jesus was born?
Just as I can say, they aren't really a school. Just a bunch of idiots watching over some kids.
Jist fer that, me fine lass, I’ll be sending me own redheaded colleen of a wife over wit’ me lucky shilelagh and she’s going to baptize ye wit’ it, repeatedly.
Unless, o’ course ye could be sparin’ me a quart of Jameson’s, surely.
isnt calling an irishman OGreen an insult? or at least a racial slur?
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I am of Irish descent so I guess (if and) when I sober up I will have to look up the meaning of ‘insult’ and ‘racial slur’.
So much work, so little time....
I will get back to you on that one....
Stupid question: did he really drive all the snakes out of Ireland?
No question is stupid ... only the one that is not asked. That said, NatGeo offers some insight:
The St. Patrick mythology includes the claim that he banished snakes from Ireland.
It's true no snakes exist on the island today, Freeman said. But they never did.
Ireland, after all, is surrounded by icy ocean watersmuch too cold to allow snakes to migrate from Britain or anywhere else.
But since snakes often represent evil in literature, "when Patrick drives the snakes out of Ireland, it is symbolically saying he drove the old, evil, pagan ways out of Ireland [and] brought in a new age," Freeman said.
There are no snakes in Ireland.
Ah Jameson’s. My favorite memory of Jameson’s: way in the back yard of my friend’s house at the wake of his father. He was hurting. The Jameson’s seemed to help - if only because it’s a ritual.
Solace in the wake of loss can come from many sources. I was widowed in 2001 but have enjoyed the blessing of a new wife for nearly two years now.
Here’s a Jameson’s joke. An Englishman is tearing across the Irish countryside in his sports car, when he takes a blind curve too fast and collides with a local in his aging Morris sedan.
The Irishman gets out, the Englishman is expecting trouble but the local merely says, “Sure and we both should consider ourselves blessed, there’s some damage but at least we’re unhurt. Maybe this is as good a time as any to put our traditional enmities aside and drink now to the goodness of the Lord.”
He reaches into the boot of his scrambled car and produces a bottle of Jameson’s and hands it to the Brit, saying, “Here now, you first. I’ve no glasses but help yourself to a healthy swig.” The bouquet of the fine whisky is nothing less than ambriosial, and the Englishman before he knows it has gulped nearly half the bottle.
He tries to hand it back to the Irishman but the latter declines.
“Thank you, me lad, but not right now. I think I’ll wait until after the Garda arrives!”
And a merry St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours.
Today in MA, in the county of Suffolk, we celebrate Evacuation Day. The day which the British forces left the city of Boston under the watchful eye of the Continentals who had the city covered from Dorchester Heights and Cambridgeside with cannons brought down from Fort Ticonderoga.
So success attend St. Patrick's fist, he was a saint so clever,
He gave the frogs and toads a twist, and banished snakes for ever!
There are several versions on the Web if you Google it. My favorite version is one sung by a local group: Theiss & O’Connor, “O’Connor” standing for any number of the members of the O’Connor family, but usually Mr. & Mrs. O’Connor. It’s one of my favorite Irish ditties.
Terrific cartoon. ROTFLOL! All you need in there is that pig screaming “wee, wee, wee...”
I thought I had found the same version I used to sing, but the next to last line was a little different - "And here's to bold St. Patrick's fist, he was a saint so clever . . . "
I just realized that I taught folk singing at a summer camp over forty years ago!!!! I am older than I thought . . . . but at least I can still remember the words to the songs (mostly).
My parents tolerate the feral hogs on their coastal GA island because they eat the rattlesnakes. Dad just goes out with a 12 gauge from time to time and shoots the boar hogs, because they chase and gore the island dogs. His across-the-road neighbor buries them with the backhoe (they are far too tough and gamy-smelling to eat).
I had to walk in a mile after midnight one time because the gate to the causeway was locked & we didn't have the combination . . . I was petrified of running into Da Peegs and getting gored . . . I had a Magnalite in one hand and a 1911A1 in the other, cocked and locked . . . . and I was singing hymns at the top of my voice in the hope that the pigs would hear me and run away. I heard crashing in the palmettos but didn't catch sight of Porky or his entourage. A good thing, because I think even W/W Silvertips in a .45 would be marginal against a large feral hog.
Why don’t the call it what they really want to and quit trying to fool people: O’bama day.
Well, you are supposed to raise your glass and take a chug after the word “Success!” (which is almost shouted and gets louder with each swig.)
I was referring to the dopey pig in that Geico commercial — the one that drives the car pool mom nutz. The look on St. Patrick’s face in your cartoon reminded me of the mom in that video. Of course, you may not watch TV, or watch the stations that I do. But St. Paddy turning the pigs onto the snakes would be fitting too. I like that better than thinking of the saintly old man stomping all the reptiles!
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State mandated atheism and secularism. Can't have the little kids wondering who Saint Patrick was, or what a saint is. I read a bit about John Dewey lately. He believed in the "new religion" of secular humanism. He was a fervent believer, and helped turn public schools into indoctrination centers for the new religion.
Of course, being a private school, these were intelligent parents and teachers we were dealing with, very committed to the children's well-rounded education. Most of the kids went to various churches, synagogues, temples or what-have-you as part of their family traditions.
And most of the kids were in either intact families or joint custody of well-employed people; otherwise they could not have afforded the school. Discriminatory? Hell, yes; although there were a number of scholarship kids who were very, very lucky that the rest of us were willing to support them in such a wonderful education, IMO. Does this mean the scholarship kids were treated differently? Not overtly; but if so, that's life. I knew of several outstanding, wonderful kids whose parents paid the full tuition and who were shut out of other kids' parties, etc, when their parents divorced. Life isn't fair. Lefties think it can be made so. They are lazy morons.
Def Black Day?
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Just when you think you've seen it all.......
According to Yahoo, last month St. Valentines Day was name-changed and homogenized to Caring and Kindness Day due to faith issues.