Should Religious Holiday Songs Be Allowed in Public Schools?
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|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."
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?