The Toronto District School Board is making sure that no one can bellyache about Halloween being offensive to those religious groups out to end any possible association with school and a religious holiday.
Tomorrow in many of the city schools kids will be having fun on “Black and Orange Day.”
The TDSB has already taken measures into it’s own hands making sure that tomorrow’s fun filled holiday spirit will not infringe on anyone’s beliefs. While to many it may sound a bit silly it makes a bit of sense. Every year schools have to deal with the C-word in December.
The school board has outlined six reasons why Halloween had to be changed for this school term.
1. “Halloween is a religious day of significance for Wiccans and therefore should be treated respectfully.”
Now mind you there are no numbers of how many kids in Toronto are of the Wiccan faith but it’s best to be ultra Politically Correct these days.
2. “Peer and social/media consumer pressures target all children and their families as consumers of costumes, makeup, food products, etc. Many students and their families can feel this socio-economic marginalization keenly.”
That’s right, Junior and Missy don’t want to break the bank getting gussed up as a witch or goblin this year during school hours. After all they are very concerned with their parent’s bank accounts.
3. “The images and icons associated with consumer-oriented Halloween can come into conflict with some students’ and their families’ religious beliefs.”
Dressing up can be an affront to some one. We mustn’t rock the boat focks. And blood and gore is just not kosher anymore.
Just don’t tell that to the lines of kids going to see this year’s version of Saw.
4. “The food products that are marketed heavily during the Halloween period can come into conflict with students’ and their families’ dietary habits.”
Candies are bad. Peanuts may be in them. Dentists abhor them. It’s just good dietary sense to ban sweet things.
Just don’t go to the teacher’s lounge and take away their chocolates. It could get ugly.
5. “Some students have had first-hand traumatic experiences of violence that make talking about death, ghosts, etc., extremely alienating.”
Kids can’t tell the difference between pretend and reality. After all in this age of American Idol, Paris Hilton’s BFF and The Hills reality can be a bit of pretend.
6. “Many recently arrived students in our schools share no background cultural knowledge of trick-or-treating or the commercialization of death as ‘fun.’”
Let’s not culture shock the kiddies with a fun activity.
So kids get dressed up tomorrow for your school’s “Black and Orange Day.” You may not understand the reasoning but don’t worry you can still go door to door to nab candy in the evening.