Friday, October 28, 2005

More Politically Correct Horseshit

How much more of this crap are we expected to take?

Student ghosts unmasked in Newton

NEWTON -- When students at Underwood Elementary School walk to their classrooms on Monday, there will be no witches, SpongeBob SquarePants, or Johnny Damons there to greet them.

No skeleton paintings or Frankenstein tattoos, either.

The school's principal said yesterday he acceded to the complaints of a handful of parents who said that because the school's traditional Halloween celebrations offended their religious beliefs, they would not send their children to school if the revelry continued this year.

A third-grader dressed like a fucking cartoon character offends your religious "sensitivities"?

Fuck you. It's fucking Halloween, asshole!

I've got more vitriolic thoughts I wanted to get off my chest here, but the repugnant actions of these pathetic assclowns have temporarily short-circuited the synapses in my brain that control my ability to form coherent sentences.

Castelline said the school instead planned to hold a "celebration of fall" next Friday. Later in the year, he said, the school plans a costume celebration in which teachers and perhaps students will be encouraged to dress as their favorite literary characters.

Ooooh...doesn't that sound like fun?

Fear not, kids. As a helpful guide, I have put together this short list of some well-known literary characters for you to consider.

Spongebob Squarepants
Johnny Damon
Karl Rove

Though, top prize in this category goes to a caller to the John Depetro show this morning who suggested getting as many kids as possible to dress up as the most famous literary character of all time.


UPDATE: Yes, this is the same Newton Shool Department that sponsors an annual event focused on educating students about the gay-lesbian-transgendered-etc. lifestyles and tells its students...

"...if students are uncomfortable or their parents are uncomfortable, the students can instead go to the library."

When a group of parents complained, do you think school administrators entertained, for one second, the notion of cancelling that event on the grounds that the subject matter being presented "offended their religious beliefs"?

[insert crickets chirping here]

No double-standards at play here. Nope. None at all.

But, honestly, would you really expect anything different from the same school department that decided recently to place less emphasis on the teaching of mathematics in their math classes in favor of...well, I'll let Tom Mountain's Newton TAB column on the subject speak for itself.

In 2001 Mr. Young, Mrs. Wyatt and an assortment of other well-paid school administrators, defined the new number-one priority for teaching mathematics, as documented in the curriculum benchmarks, "Respect for Human Differences - students will live out the system wide core of 'Respect for Human Differences' by demonstrating anti-racist/anti-bias behaviors." It continues, "Students will: Consistently analyze their experiences and the curriculum for bias and discrimination; Take effective anti-bias action when bias or discrimination is identified; Work with people of different backgrounds and tell how the experience affected them; Demonstrate how their membership in different groups has advantages and disadvantages that affect how they see the world and the way they are perceived by others..." It goes on and on.

NOTE: The Newton TAB link has expired. His column can be found here in its entirety.