Should Religious Holiday Songs Be Allowed in Public Schools?

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Registered: 01-20-2004
Should Religious Holiday Songs Be Allowed in Public Schools?
Wed, 11-06-2013 - 8:50am

“A New Jersey school district has reversed course and retracted its ban on religious holiday songs at winter concerts."

In reviewing additional legal considerations and advice on this matter and the expressed sentiments of the community at large, I have reconsidered the decision on the musical selection for the upcoming winter programs so that pieces with traditional and historical religious origins will be permitted,” said Constance J. Bauer, Bordentown superintendent, in a Nov. 1 statement.

“Concurrently, the Board will continue its review of the larger policy implications for the future.”

Bauer had issued a statement Oct. 18 saying that religious music would not be a part of elementary programs.

A following statement said the ban was implemented after parents questioned whether songs focusing on the birth of Jesus could legally be included in the school’s concert."

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A good bulk of holiday songs are religious. Should they be excluded from public school's holiday concerts?

I know growing up we did both Christmas and Chanukah songs in our concerts. There wasn't any big issue with any of it. What do you guys think?

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Registered: 05-27-1998

Of course they should be allowed, unless the schools want to do away with cultural education, as well as history, music and art. These songs are part of the students' social, historical, and spiritual traditions. It would be foolish to ignore them and worse to ban them. My kids' elementary school sang songs from many faith traditions and also learned about them in class. It made for a very rich winter holiday season. It also gave clarity to their own beliefs.

I don't think I'll ever get why it is considered more "educational" to ignore that people have a spiritual side, or why some people think they're being more culturally sensitive when they shut down dialogue about religion and its impact on cultural traditions. This is really anti-intellectual.

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Registered: 10-17-2012

Of course.  What shouldn't be allowed in public schools are the PC idiots and their war on religion.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
They already are.