Title:Oregon School's Santa Stance Causes Controversy
Publication:USA TODAY NETWORK.
Author: KGW-TV, Portland, Ore (Unknown)
Key Point: This local story in Hillsboro, OR school district's made national news was picked up by USA Today after it went viral. The “controversy” started when district administrator and educators were call to back off on the use of Santa in holiday decorating in their school in a memo.Beth Graser, a District Spokesman stated the memo was sent out to personnel as a reminder to be sensitive about the environments created in the school over the holiday season,and this isn’t a new policy. She also stated that Christmas decorations was getting excessive and overwhelming, which was making visitors and students that do not celebrate Christmas uncomfortable.
Relevance: Student from all ethnic and religious backgrounds should be comfortable to come to school. Public schools should be neutral and recognize other cultural traditions. Hillsboro has a diverse population of students and all should be equally represented in the school during the holiday. Restricting school from using Santa is a manufactured “controversy” that allow for people to complain on the internet. We should be using the holidays to teach student to learn about their peers cultures and not exclude them.