Ok this is not really a random survey at all. I have a very mixed bag of readers at this here blog, and I want everyone's opinions, not just the Christians like me. Here's the story.
Nathan attends a somewhat prestigious little "school" (daycare) three mornings a week. They are great, have lots of planned academic type activities and he loves it. Last week I got a letter that he would be "transitioning" into a new room, for older kids. That means over the course of a few weeks he will visit that room for short periods of time. Today was his first day to spend an hour there. His regular teacher told me they just had snack and circle time and he did fine. I got my normal daily report from her, as well as another daily report from his new room.
The new report caught my attention. It was decorated with Halloween stickers...no big deal. But among the six or eight activities he participated in, I noticed that the book they read was "5 Little Witches". Hmm. Then I saw that they played dressup with witch hats. Additionally it said they "ran around with a broom between our legs - like a witch." Hold on a second.
I realize witches are part of Halloween. But they are also part of a religion, and I take them very seriously. I know that Wicca is not an evil or satanic organization persay, but it is definately NOT Christian and it is very much a religion. I'm not outraged, I'm just a little offended and putoff. I am considering writing them a letter to explain this, just to point out the insensitivity. However my husband brought up a very valid point that they probably celebrate Christmas in this school. It is not a public school, after all. So now I'm very curious about how they will handle that, as well as Chanukah and Ramadan.
I am honestly NOT a believer in separation of church and state. I don't believe that concept is constitutional or was intended by anyone other than Thomas Jefferson, who said it. But it is the law of our land, constitutional or not. So do we teach kids aspects of all relgions, or avoid them altogether? Do we teach kids tolerance of our differences or avoid talking about the differences? Thoughts?????