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(WTSP)   School system eliminating traditional holidays like Christmas and Easter to observe "milestones, like a first tooth, tying shoelaces, worms, the color red, the first snowflake." Guess where. And yep, first snowflake   (wtsp.com) divider line 81
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-10-24 06:19:09 PM
I got the first snowflake award one week in first grade (or maybe third). Except it wasn't called that. Every week one student got an award. It was laminated paper with cute animal pictures and some words I forget. Mine was the "puppy award." Aww. The criteria for the award must have been (1) every student gets one at least once in the year, (2) subject to rule 1, a student who did something notable should get one. I only got the award once.
 
2013-10-24 06:29:12 PM
My oldest daughter was 12 before she ever saw snow, subtard.  My wife was 39 before she ever saw a meteorite.  Both events were meaningful to them.

Not everyone grows up in the northern wilderness.
 
2013-10-24 06:29:35 PM
School is for teaching about learnin' stuff and life stuff like why didn't you learn how to tie your shoes BEFORE you started school like everyone did before 1983 when extremists decided that paddlin' was abuse!
 
2013-10-24 06:31:57 PM
One worker even cited biblical scripture to question why traditional holy days would be disregarded.

That's some nice circular reasoning there, Lou.

*facepalm*
 
2013-10-24 06:32:16 PM
"It's very different from what it was when I was a kid, and I think my childhood was really fun because of all these activities," she said.

Your childhood sucked, your father drank too much and tried to live the Bing Crosby holiday dream of yesteryear and passed on his inability to recreate a time that never existed to you.  Your mother was probably a whore as well.
 
2013-10-24 06:33:55 PM

oldwolf49: School is for teaching about learnin' stuff and life stuff like why didn't you learn how to tie your shoes BEFORE you started school like everyone did before 1983 when extremists decided that paddlin' was abuse!


i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-10-24 06:34:54 PM
Holy days aren't holy so why have a holiday for them?
 
2013-10-24 06:35:17 PM
How about adding other Florida milestones?
1) First visit to parent in jail
2) First night in hurricane shelter
3) First STD
4) First time family is mentioned on FARK
Others?
 
2013-10-24 06:36:55 PM

Schroedinger's Glory Hole: "It's very different from what it was when I was a kid, and I think my childhood was really fun because of all these activities," she said.

Your childhood sucked, your father drank too much and tried to live the Bing Crosby holiday dream of yesteryear and passed on his inability to recreate a time that never existed to you.  Your mother was probably a whore as well.


There is something magical about the holidays.
 
2013-10-24 06:38:03 PM
"School system"?

No Ramadan?
 
2013-10-24 06:38:08 PM
Yes, it's always quite a cause for celebration when Billy-Bob gets worms for the first time.

www.urbanmoms.ca
 
2013-10-24 06:39:44 PM

radarlove: Yes, it's always quite a cause for celebration when Billy-Bob gets worms for the first time.

[www.urbanmoms.ca image 450x305]


The spice must flow

www.steampunkwedding.net
 
2013-10-24 06:40:34 PM
Two-year-olds? This isn't a "school". It's a daycare center, ffs.
 
2013-10-24 06:42:22 PM

images1.wikia.nocookie.net  or th09.deviantart.net


Either way, ponies.

 
2013-10-24 06:42:59 PM
When are Christians going to learn the entire world doesn't revolve around them?
 
2013-10-24 06:45:53 PM

here to help: When are Christians going to learn the entire world doesn't revolve around them?


Probably around the same time that they begin living like their Master asked them to.
 
2013-10-24 06:46:22 PM

here to help: When are Christians going to learn the entire world doesn't revolve around them?


They know that.  The world is the center of the universe, it revolves around nothing.  Don't be silly.
 
2013-10-24 06:46:42 PM
[I'mokaywiththis.jpg]

If you're not a religious school, I see nothing wrong with showing some equality in your choice of which holidays to obey. Why should Timmy's Easter be any more important than Songchai's Magha Puja or Sunil's Krishna Janmaashtami?

You can't obey them all. Teach about them equally, let the kids take off their chosen religion's holidays, and celebrate them at home.
 
2013-10-24 06:46:43 PM

cc_rider: Two-year-olds? This isn't a "school". It's a daycare center, ffs.


If it's anything like the one where I am at, it's not really even that.  It's a school with associated classes for adults to learn how to teach little kids.  The kids are only there from 8-12, and there are student who observe the techniques used to teach them, and also monitor the kids to see how they respond.
 
2013-10-24 06:50:40 PM
fark you and your autoplaying video, 10 News. Ruined my Pandora station for a few seconds.

/Leave The Kooks alone!
 
2013-10-24 06:51:56 PM
Why the snark, subby? Do you think Florida is all beaches and bikinis? Winter snowstorms are actually pretty common up in the more mountainous regions of Florida.
 
2013-10-24 06:54:15 PM

gweilo8888: [I'mokaywiththis.jpg]

If you're not a religious school, I see nothing wrong with showing some equality in your choice of which holidays to obey. Why should Timmy's Easter be any more important than Songchai's Magha Puja or Sunil's Krishna Janmaashtami?

You can't obey them all. Teach about them equally, let the kids take off their chosen religion's holidays, and celebrate them at home.


Why not celebrate ALL holidays across the cultures and religions?  It's not only super fun for the kids, but a great opportunity to teach them about people and places that they would likely not get to learn about otherwise.
 
2013-10-24 06:56:09 PM
Losing your first tooth or seeing your first snowflake is much more meaningful than some weird day celebrating a Zombie.
 
2013-10-24 06:57:21 PM
Schools are smart to close down for holidays that the majority of their students will take anyway.
 
2013-10-24 06:57:31 PM

oldwolf49: School is for teaching about learnin' stuff and life stuff like why didn't you learn how to tie your shoes BEFORE you started school like everyone did before 1983 when extremists decided that paddlin' was abuse!


I'll have you know I was paddled well into the late 80's at my school. /can't believe I ever let them do that
 
2013-10-24 06:57:51 PM

ladyfortuna: fark you and your autoplaying video, 10 News. Ruined my Pandora station for a few seconds.

/Leave The Kooks alone!


Did the same thing to me.  And since I was listening to my "Dark Chill" station (primarily lounge, ambient, trip-hop, and a bit of shoe-gazey-goth) it was particularly jarring.

i.cdn.turner.com

"And that haaarshes Radar's mellowwwww, mannnnnnn!"
 
2013-10-24 06:58:09 PM

Uzzah: Why the snark, subby? Do you think Florida is all beaches and bikinis? Winter snowstorms are actually pretty common up in the more mountainous regions of Florida.


345 feet is not a mountain.
 
2013-10-24 06:59:32 PM

gweilo8888: [I'mokaywiththis.jpg]

If you're not a religious school, I see nothing wrong with showing some equality in your choice of which holidays to obey. Why should Timmy's Easter be any more important than Songchai's Magha Puja or Sunil's Krishna Janmaashtami?

You can't obey them all. Teach about them equally, let the kids take off their chosen religion's holidays, and celebrate them at home.


Why do you hate that America is a Christian nation?
 
2013-10-24 07:00:28 PM
Helen Parr: I can't believe you don't want to go to your own son's graduation.
Bob Parr: It's not a graduation. He is moving from the 4th grade to the 5th grade.
Helen: It's a ceremony!
Bob: It's psychotic! They keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity, but if someone is genuinely exceptional...
 
2013-10-24 07:00:30 PM

radarlove: gweilo8888: [I'mokaywiththis.jpg]

If you're not a religious school, I see nothing wrong with showing some equality in your choice of which holidays to obey. Why should Timmy's Easter be any more important than Songchai's Magha Puja or Sunil's Krishna Janmaashtami?

You can't obey them all. Teach about them equally, let the kids take off their chosen religion's holidays, and celebrate them at home.

Why not celebrate ALL holidays across the cultures and religions?  It's not only super fun for the kids, but a great opportunity to teach them about people and places that they would likely not get to learn about otherwise.


My elementary school did that every week before Christmas Break. Got to celebrate Christmas one day, Hanukkah the next, and then Kwanzaa the next. It was awesome. Although in first grade, I asked my parents if we could become Jews because the idea of Hanukkah being seven days and presents each day made it seem to me like a Super Christmas.
 
2013-10-24 07:01:32 PM

Uzzah: Why the snark, subby? Do you think Florida is all beaches and bikinis? Winter snowstorms are actually pretty common up in the more mountainous regions of Florida.


Mountainous? Isn't the highest point of land in Florida more like a molehill? ; )

I know that the Barenaked Ladies did a comic song about the lowest highest point of land in any state. It's in Deleware. But Florida is on the whole, lower.

No where in Florida is there anything mountainous except some of the natives, tourists, and, of course, your Mother.

345 feet. Britton Hill. It's a lot higher than I thought it was. I would have guessed less than half that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Florida%27s_highest_points

There's a Blue Mountain in the Florida Highlands that is 56 feet high. That's not a mountain. It's a hummock.
 
2013-10-24 07:01:44 PM
My first time experiencing a temperature of -1 F or lower was in 1981, in Georgia.
Much more memorable than snow.
 
2013-10-24 07:02:07 PM
Holy narcissism batman.
 
2013-10-24 07:05:39 PM

gweilo8888: Why should Timmy's Easter be any more important than Songchai's Magha Puja


Songchai better keep his Magha Puja in his pants.
 
2013-10-24 07:06:17 PM

Rent Party: My oldest daughter was 12 before she ever saw snow, subtard.  My wife was 39 before she ever saw a meteorite.  Both events were meaningful to them.

Not everyone grows up in the northern wilderness.


I think that is the point of the Sub: It doesn't typically snow in Florida (the tag) so no day off.
 
2013-10-24 07:06:46 PM

ZAZ: The criteria for the award must have been (1) every student gets one at least once in the year


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2013-10-24 07:07:49 PM
Floridians are always surprised to see snow. But the again, so are Canadians. I saw my first snowflake yesterday. It was on the weather report on my iPod. Still shocking though, although it was probably nearly cold enough to snow at the time.

When I was a child you could almost count on snow on Halloween, but now it is often a couple two or three weeks later.

Snow is important. It covers the doggy doo. It protects the land from the cold. And it stores up water for the January thaw floods as well as Spring. Sometimes the Indian Summer runs into the January thaw and leaves the land a Doggy Doo Wonderland for Christmas.

How come Charlie Brown never had to worry about Snoopy Doo? Did he have a bathroom in his dog house? I seem to remember he did. And a billiard table.
 
2013-10-24 07:08:11 PM
I saw my first snowflake of the year today. This does not make me want to celebrate.
 
2013-10-24 07:08:55 PM
Is there anything that libtards won't ruin?
 
2013-10-24 07:09:34 PM
Absolutely. Why on earth should there be any festivals, holidays or seasonal ceremonies, celebrations, or acknowledgements of any kind? The corporations don't take days off, why should we?

It's time that we started living like our overlords dictate we ought to, and shun the idea of days having any meaning other than birth, school, work, or death.

And let's coat it in the pretty lie of "freedum frum ralijin" so we can get the useful idiots to swallow it whole! Hook, line and sinker!

Thank you America!!!!

/Even North Koreans get holidays, for fark's sake.
 
2013-10-24 07:09:58 PM
"After a careful review of our current program philosophy.. [we] will no longer be partaking in the celebration of traditional holidays."HCC says instead of its Halloween-themed Fall Walk, this year, they'll have a fall festival. Costumes yes, but no trick-or-treating.

Why would parents expect their kids' daycare/preschool to take them trick-or-treating, anyway?  And it sounds like they're still letting kids celebrate by wearing costumes, they just don't want to jack them up on sugar.  Sounds reasonable enough.

Also, this report lacks some details that are necessary to come to any sort of conclusion about this situation.  What traditional holidays did they celebrate before, and how?  Were they doing the nativity on Christmas and making Jesus-on-a-sticks on Easter?  Exactly what is does taking "a more seasonal-based approach" mean they'll be cutting out?  I don't get how not taking preschoolers trick-or-treating = ERMEHGERDTHEY'REKILLINGCHRISTMAS!!!
 
2013-10-24 07:12:32 PM

WizardofToast: Although in first grade, I asked my parents if we could become Jews because the idea of Hanukkah being seven days and presents each day made it seem to me like a Super Christmas.

School neglected to tell you it's nothing but socks and gelt, huh?

cyberbenali: I saw my first snowflake of the year today.


Me too- punched her right in her smug little six-year old face while her parents looked on horrified.
 
2013-10-24 07:15:28 PM
Who gives a juicy shiat?
 
2013-10-24 07:16:44 PM

Bermuda59: How about adding other Florida milestones?
1) First visit to parent in jail
2) First night in hurricane shelter
3) First STD
4) First time family is mentioned on FARK
Others?


5) first time to have 'giant farking flying roach' corrected to 'palmetto bug'
6) first sinkhole
7) first 'gator in your pool
8) first fire-ant mound
9) first pepper tree cut down
10) first time you re-cut down that pepper tree because you didn't get it all the first time like you though you did
11) first power outage due to squirrel suicide
12) first time that you really need to go west (or east) but find that you must go 40 miles north or south first
 
2013-10-24 07:18:18 PM

brantgoose: here's a Blue Mountain in the Florida Highlands that is 56 feet high. That's not a mountain. It's a hummock.


messymama.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-24 07:22:46 PM

DigitalCoffee: Bermuda59: How about adding other Florida milestones?
1) First visit to parent in jail
2) First night in hurricane shelter
3) First STD
4) First time family is mentioned on FARK
Others?

5) first time to have 'giant farking flying roach' corrected to 'palmetto bug'
6) first sinkhole
7) first 'gator in your pool
8) first fire-ant mound
9) first pepper tree cut down
10) first time you re-cut down that pepper tree because you didn't get it all the first time like you though you did
11) first power outage due to squirrel suicide
12) first time that you really need to go west (or east) but find that you must go 40 miles north or south first


trappedspirit: Who gives a juicy shiat?



13) first juicy shiat
 
2013-10-24 07:31:08 PM
If it is OK for some schools to jam a 5000 bronze age sheep herder philosophy down the throats of little kids (along with other things) then it should be OK that a few exist that don't.
 
2013-10-24 07:33:27 PM
We also used to celebrate the first snow every year, with a massive playground snowball fight.

Guess what's NOT ALLOWED these days.

/off my snow fort
 
2013-10-24 07:36:29 PM

radarlove: Yes, it's always quite a cause for celebration when Billy-Bob gets worms for the first time.

[www.urbanmoms.ca image 450x305]


When I got worms no one made it into a national holiday.

/pout
 
2013-10-24 07:40:33 PM

radarlove: Why not celebrate ALL holidays across the cultures and religions?  It's not only super fun for the kids, but a great opportunity to teach them about people and places that they would likely not get to learn about otherwise.


Because this is America, and almost nowhere is *actually* going to do that. And frankly, even if they tried to, they'd only gloss the surface. How about you *teach* them for as many religions as possible, rather than pretending to celebrate them for at best a handful of mainstream religions? And then, I dunno... let the kids choose which to follow, if any at all?
 
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