All I want for Christmas …is Christmas

MLK, peace, friendship and anti-bullying replaces holiday program  

The long held tradition of a holiday production at Jordan-Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield Massachusetts is no more. Last year’s annual holiday concert drew complaints from some parents who objected to the religious nature of the show. So this year school administrators have scrapped the program, replacing it with an anti-bullying production — in January — to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday week. It will be called a winter concert.

“We certainly haven’t done away with Christmas in Mansfield,” claimed Brenda Hodges, superintendent of Mansfield Public Schools. “We just had a little change at that particular school because they had a big initiative on anti-bullying.”

She denied that complaints about religion had anything to do with the decision. “There were complaints, but if we make changes based on a half dozen complaints, I’d be changing every other day,” she said.

According to Hodges, the music instructors chose MLK week “because he was all about peace.” She said, “They wanted to make the theme around peace, friendship, kindness, be good to your fellow students, and accept differences and be supportive.”

Implausibly, to Hodges, the esteemed Christmas proclamation of “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men” found in Luke 2:14, doesn’t fulfill that theme as well as the views of Martin Luther King — which were based in biblical teaching.

It would be folly to expect any yuletide carols at the January show. “They are not making it a Christmas holiday,” she said. “It’s about peace and friendship – not Jingle Bells.”

Check out the district’s report card including personal profiles required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Since administrators have that much information about the students, surely they know that the school’s 3rd – 5th graders would prefer to have a Christmas program.

For shame, Ms. Hodges.

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5 Responses to All I want for Christmas …is Christmas

  1. Maggie says:

    What a sad commentary on the times.

    And why does Martin (Michael) Luther King, Jr. get a weeklong birthday celebration?

  2. Helen Post says:

    Someone should mention in January that they are celebrating a Christian pastor who was following Christ when he advocated peace.
    He didn’t want just any old peace….he wanted the peace of Christ.
    Surely he will ‘turn in his grave’ over such sad news.
    Who said “liberalism is a mental disorder”? This certainly makes
    that case.

  3. Braveheart says:

    These Arizona kids seem none the worse for the caroling experience.

  4. eubykdisop says:

    Jesus Christ is real. He is what He said that He is. Worldly concerns about the current idea of what is politically correct are trivial and irrelevant.

    “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” – Luke 17:21

    The true celebration of Christmas transpires within us. Outer ceremonies and traditions mean little in the eyes of God.

    “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” – Mark 12:17

    Schools are of Caesar. Our hearts are of God.

  5. Westnash says:

    The reason that Arizona ranks so low in education is not the money spent, but the money WASTED by having far too many school districts with their own administrative overhead. There are still a few but declining number of dedicated teachers but the Californiazation of Arizona is well under way resulting in massive waste of taxpayer funds and no better education for Arizona’s kids. Look at the salaries and benefits of the administrators and you see the problem.

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