Slowly, the culture of America - the one we all grew up with, for generations, is being eroded because vast portions of it don't clear some new arbitrary intellectual high-bar.
If we can't make it about Halloween, then why bother even having a party?
Make room, principles and tradition. I guess there's also no room for imagination and innocence in the 21st century - more victims of "whogivesashitism".
I don't get your point here QBN.
School is school. I was brought up with a few rules. As a kid, you got to indulge in fucking around, daydreaming, imagining stuff and so on after you got the basic chores or classroom or home work, or whatever else was defined as your job or duty, done. In fact, in Catholic school, which I attended in the US for Kindergarten, and 1st grade, I don't recall any freaking parties at all. The biggest diversion we had was First Communion training in 1st grade. I thought the day they took us to the gymnasium we were going on a plane to Africa or someplace. The point is, it was made out to be a really bid deal that we as little Kindergardeners were going to the gymnasium. No freaking Halloween parties, no Christmas gifts or parties. We did get to hand out Valentines cards at the end of the day on Valentine's Day. Kind of a not to interfere with school basis.
Once schools get the schooling part done, they can make room for fantasy parties. I don't see the schooling part getting done though.
And, if you want to teach kids about the history of humans and the pagan rituals associated with the passing of seasons and have a party, then point out how these celebrations have been usurped by various religions over the centuries, hey thats ok too. It is part of learning about human history. But I see no advantage to the curriculum by the present day commercial excess of buying plastic Halloween costumes of cartoon heroes for your kid to wear to a class costume party on Halloween. We used to make our own costumes and get driven to the Army housing area to do the trick or treat thing (when I lived in Munich). Then that stopped because my parents figured it wasn't fair since none of the kids living in the Army housing area came out to trick or treat at our house in a German neighborhood.
I don't get the point of the complaint. I surely don't believe the essential and important assimilation of our children into American life is threatened because the fabric we use to achieve the transfer of this vital information to the next generation is not universally and consistently filled with images of Halloween, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny printed in the background. Fighting over this stuff is a sign of being distracted from what is important about our school system. School, especially, should not be about diluting the learning environment with cartoon crap, candy and basically a bunch of stuff that is untrue. Like Santa and the Easter Bunny. If you want to perpetuate these traditions at home and in your social circles, you should feel free to do that. I did. My kids all wrote letters to Santa, left cookies for him and the reindeer and went on a search for chocolates and other, more disgusting foamed sugar bunnies and the like on Easter morning. I never thought that what being an American was about though, and I never let them think that either. Jim