A new school principal has become the center of controversy following her decision to ban Thanksgiving acknowledgments, Santa Claus, Christmas-inspired themes, and the Pledge of Allegiance.
According to the New York Post, Eujin Jaela Kim, the newly assigned principal at PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, has opted for a politically correct approach to academic priorities. Children attending this particular school won’t be partaking in many of the American holiday customs and traditions other schools around the country are observing because Principal Kim opposes such observations.
PTA president Mimi Ferrer stated that school administrators informed her of the seemingly controversial directives and Kim the new principal has made the specifications of the ban quite clear. Santa Claus will cease to exist on the school’s campus, the Pledge of Allegiance will no longer be recited, “Harvest Festival” has replaced the observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, and “Winter Celebrations” will be held in leiu of Christmas parties.
“We definitely can’t say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa,” PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her. “No angels. We can’t even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David.”
Needless to say, many parents and teachers aren’t very pleased about the principal’s ban of such notable days on the calendar. In fact, Kim’s radicalized, politically correct approach has shocked so many people, she’s now making headlines nationwide. Social media users everywhere are shocked and dismayed by Kim’s demands and, of course, many Americans have expressed concerns about her actions and wonder why parents have not voiced their concerns.
However, it has been reported that parents’ concerns have been verbalized, but school administrators have actually defended the principal’s directive to ban Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Pledge of Allegiance.
According to Breitbart, assistant principal Jose Chaparro actually suggested the implementation of certain events to render holiday observances obsolete. Chaparro is reportedly responsible for the notion of “‘Harvest Festival’ instead of Thanksgiving or a ‘Winter Celebration’ instead of a Christmas party.” But, why?
Apparently, it has been agreed upon by most school administrators that the students, reportedly 95 percent Asian or Hispanic out of 1,600 children, do not all celebrate the same holidays. So, in order to respect the beliefs of all students, the principal decided to ban Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Pledge of Allegiance and place all of the school’s focus strictly on academics, alone. Chapparo, who has supported Kim’s ban, has also urged faculty members to “be sensitive of the diversity of our families.”
However, social media users still view the principal’s ban as radicalized. Although many readers have admitted that the principal’s ban of holidays is justifiable, her decision to ban the Pledge of Allegiance still raises concerns since reciting the pledge has nothing to do with any of the holiday observances cited.
What do you think about the principal’s decision to ban Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Pledge of Allegiance? Do you agree or disagree with Eujin Jaela Kim? Share your thoughts.
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