The parents of the students who attend Marshall Elementary School in Flagstaff, Az., received the following letter, “Dear Families, the Holidays are fast approaching and along with them is our own 11th annual Multi-Age Festivus Extravaganza! It will be held the last week of school before winter break …”
Festivus, as you know, was a comedy skit from the TV show Seinfeld that aired in the 90’s. It was a made up celebration by one of the shows characters as an alternative holiday. The celebration consisted of a bare aluminum pole, the airing of grievances, and feats of strength. Festivus originated as a joke, and now it is being rammed down the throats of gullible students as something to celebrate.
The children of today will be facing great challenges in their future. Therefore, it is the obligation of our society’s institutions to equip our children with truths they can use to meet those challenges. When a school teaches their students that a joke is a truth, they imply that life is a joke, and that school has abdicated its responsibility. They might as well teach their students’ problem solving is simply a matter of bread and circuses.
Teach the Truth,