Thursday, December 15, 2011
This evening I attended my children's 'Holiday' School Concert. In years past this school has put on phenomenal concerts that have included equal mentions from many cultures and how people of various ethnicities take part the number of holidays there are to be celebrated in this world. Tonight was of enormous disappointment to me. A huge screen was pulled down in front of the stage, some kids came out and did a skit on the "Christmas Story". I honestly thought they were going to start acting out a scene from the "A Christmas Story" film where they tell Ralphy he'll "shoot his eye out" ...but to my surprise, they meant it in the biblical sense. The kids began telling the audience about Mary and Joesph, they talked about Jesus in his manger, and threw out the "g" word on a number of occasions. Next, all of the children, including my boys start belting out the words to a very religious sounding song!! I was floored. In a moment of silence after the clapping, but before the next act, I could not restrain myself from saying aloud that I thought this was a public school!? A non denominational environment!? I had a family in front of me turn, nod and smile as if to agree with my statement. I'm guessing they weren't the only ones either. Our school is made up of a number of nationalities, which is why I really love it so much. I grew up in a primarily white community and I didn't want that for my kids. I wanted there to be more diversity in their lives; I wanted to raise them in an atmosphere that appreciates and embraces all cultural differences ...so we moved.. here! We do not practice religion in our home, however we live amongst spirituality and higher consciousness in a secular sense. Until this evening I haven't worried that my children would be exposed to christian based teachings. (And 'christian' is not capitalized on purpose by the way) At least not without other religious ways being referred to also so as to not have a preachy, biased, christian superiority feel hovering over. And tonight it did. Unfortunately the concert was tainted by this narrow mindedness and I could not focus for the remainder out of fury. We have the best most warm hearted principal our school has seen and some wonderful, caring teachers on staff. It's just such a shame these public school children are being taught with such limited perspective all because 'the many' believe christianity is of the utmost highest regard.
- Life-long Vegetarian and proud to be Canadian. Really, I'm a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint (I do not feel ashamed) I'm your hell, I'm your dream (I'm nothing in between) You know, I wouldn't want it any other way..... (I'd like to think that song was written about me! lol)