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.