Valentine's Day: Minnesota School Bans Holiday, The Reason Why Will Shock You

Louis Babcock

Valentine's Day is no longer allowed at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, Minnesota. The reason for the removal of Valentine's Day stems from the fact that the principal feels that since it is not celebrated by people from other countries, then it should be removed in order to make the students who are in the school from other countries not feel left out. Along with Valentine's Day, other holidays that have been removed from the Minnesota school are Thanksgiving and Christmas. Principal Scott Masini sent a letter to parents about the removal of Valentine's Day.

"My personal feeling is we need to find a way to honor and engage in holidays that are inclusive of our student population. I have come to the difficult decision to discontinue the celebration of the dominant holidays until we can come to a better understanding of how the dominant view will suppress someone else's view. One of the concerns that I have is whether or not this practice is encroaching on the educational opportunities of others and threatening the culture of tolerance and respect for all."

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Across the nation, schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut have removed holidays due to not being able to include all of their students. Thomas Scarice, a superintendent in Connecticut, does not share the same vision as the other schools that are banning holidays.

"Children are predisposed to have fun, and once we take those opportunities away, learning suffers. While being sensitive to backgrounds of all different folks, I think school should be a place that children want to run into every morning rather than run out of out of every day at 3 p.m."
"It's very difficult to eliminate all celebrations from human society, and finding a reason for celebration is a terribly important human function because it creates social solidarity. And we don't want our schools to be a grim place, where there's never any fun, never any community building."

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