ERIC Number: EJ921639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 17
A Not so Merry Christmas: Dilemma for Elementary School Leaders
Berry, David R.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v47 n1 p10-13 Fall 2010
How should public education function within a diverse culture? Because the United States has a traditionally strong Christian heritage, many communities have in the past been comfortable absorbing the holidays and traditions of that heritage into public education. During the month of December, which is especially rich in religious ritual and celebration, educators must pay special attention to the larger goal of church and state separation. The difficulty lies in deciding what course to take among competing value systems and perceptions of the role of public education. Ultimately, many educators must recognize the complexity of the issue as well as the difficulty of reaching a consensus that will satisfy everyone's point of view. In this article, the author shares an experience that demonstrates how divided people are on this issue, but reminds readers of the law's requirements.
Descriptors: Holidays, Public Schools, Elementary Schools, Student Diversity, Social Values, Cultural Influences, Legal Responsibility, Religion, Christianity, State Church Separation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
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