This one is personal.
Our 5 year old had his public school kindergarten program last week (100 or so children). Now Cindi and I have attended all of our daughters programs, who's now in 4th grade, and have been everything from disappointed to pissed with the school(never with our daughter, and never let her know either)over their treatment of the holiday. After all, we're talking a real Arizona back water here, where PC is generally considered something to scrape off your shoe, we both were suprised to discover the local school system bowing to the "percieved" national PC norm.
Any way, we had no reason to suspect this years program with our son would be any different. It started out about the same as the others we had been to, with songs about candy, presents, snow, merry making and the sights and sounds of the season etc., when all of a sudden at the end of the program, some of the kids from each kindergarten class were taken behind the bleachers they were on (my son included, and video taped for posterity of course
) and re-appeared wearing "shepherds" garb! What's this! One of the children then came to the microphone and said that the whole class wanted to sing their parents something special. They then broke into a beautiful rendition of 'Children Go Where I send Thee'! WOW, could have knocked the parents over with a feather. The most thunderous applause you ever heard followed, but the best was to come. One of the schools music directors explained to the audience what was next. It would start with the students singing Silent Night while "signing" it at the same time. Second time was to include the audience singing with the kids, third time was to be instrumental only while the kids silently signed. Moving to say the least, and the applause was even louder than before. I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.
Wrong? You be the judge. As for our little town, we know what we think.
Again, Merry Christmas Lynn!
When you go home, tell them of us and say
"For your tomorrows these gave their today".
John Maxwell Evans 1875 - 1958.