Friday, December 23, 2005

Now this is just cruel...

This ..."person" needs coal in their stocking this year... and lots of it.

Theresa Farrisi stood in for Schaeffer'’s regular music teacher one day last week. One of her assignments was to read Clement C. Moore's famous poem, "Visit from Saint Nicholas"” to a first-grade class at Lickdale Elementary School.

"“The poem has great literary value, but it goes against my conscience to teach something which I know to be false to children, who are impressionable,"” said Farrisi, 43, of Myerstown. "“It's a story. I taught it as a story. There'’s no real person called Santa Claus living at the North Pole."”

Farrisi doesn'’t believe in Santa Claus, and she doesn'’t think anyone else should, either. She made her feelings clear to the classroom full of 6- and 7-year-olds, some of whom went home crying.

Schaeffer got off the school bus later that day, dragging her backpack in the mud, tears in her angry little eyes.

"“She yelled at me, '‘Why did you lie?'"” recalled Jamey'’s mother, Elizabeth. "'‘Why didn'’t you tell me Santa Claus died?'"

Sounds like a variation of this.


Blogger Jay Harrison said...

I'm sure the 'real' santa will deliver all that coal too... ;)

Why would we want to lie to children, and perpetuate the myth of Santa? I've never understood this. How is it good for them?

Eventually they will find the truth.

4:57 PM  
Blogger bkm said...

They will eventually learn the truth, but it isn't up to a visiting teacher to decide to shatter their beliefs either. I wonder what the reaction would be if a teacher entered a class room and told kids of various faiths that Jesus and the rest didn't exist. According to some, those are myths too.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Jay Harrison said...

Yes, some believe that Jesus is a myth... but that's different.

How many people do you know that truly believe that Santa is not a myth?

Shouldn't educators be about the business of truth?

Santa is not a question of religion or faith. All involved agree - Santa is a myth.

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