ERIC Number: EJ792066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 0
Does Halloween Belong in School?
Instructor, v115 n3 p27-29 Oct-Nov 2005
For many teachers, trying to organize a Halloween celebration has become more of a trick than a treat. Some religious groups protest the observance of what they consider a pagan celebration and administrators fret about maintaining security during events that are, by definition, wild. Even educators complain that class time devoted to candy corn parties would be better spent on math and science. Some critics want to know why a school can have witches in October, but cannot have Jesus in December. No single approach to Halloween will succeed everywhere, as opinions on the holiday vary widely from one community to the next. Schools ought to look beyond Halloween and establish a comprehensive policy on all classroom holiday observance, so that the issue does not return throughout the year. In this article, the author suggests that schools should consider initiating the development of a holiday policy, if they do not have one, by involving parents, elected officials, and religious groups in the discussion.
Descriptors: Holidays, Religious Cultural Groups, School Policy, Educational Environment, Popular Culture
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