Banned by Brighton Central School District, NY.
The administrators at an upstate New York elementary school, Council Rock Primary, have decided to ban the song “Jingle Bells” because it might be “controversial or offensive.”
“Jingle Bells,” explained Council Rock principal Matt Tappon in an email, has been replaced with other songs that don’t have “the potential to be controversial or offensive.”
…Allison Rioux, Brighton Central School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, offered a different reason for removing “Jingle Bells.” She wrote, “Some suggest that the use of collars on slaves with bells to send an alert that they were running away is connected to the origin of the song Jingle Bells. While we are not taking a stance to whether that is true or not, we do feel strongly that this line of thinking is not in agreement with our district beliefs to value all cultures and experiences of our students.
“For this reason,” Rioux concluded, “along with the idea that there are hundreds of other 5 note songs, we made the decision to not teach the song directly to all students.” [emphasis mine]
Rioux use of the weasel words “Some suggest” as her source for this ridiculous justification is of course another way of her saying “I’m making this up.” According to Kyna Hamill of Boston University, the foremost expert on the history of the song (and whose work the school cites as their justification for the banning),
“The use of bells on enslaved peoples may be true, but there is no connection to the song that I have discovered in my research.
Hamill also demanded Rioux provide a real source for her theory, something Rioux of course has yet not provided.
It appears this decision is linked to — surprise! — Brighton’s school “Diversity and Equity” program, since the journalist who broke the story above learned about the banning on that program’s webpage.
It also appears that everyone involved in the decision has retired, and the two officials quoted above appear to not have the slightest idea why the song was banned, only that it was and that they have to now make excuses for this stupid action.
This story epitomizes the true state of the professional education community that runs public schools: foolish, bigoted, hateful of all of western civilization, and — worst of all — willfully ignorant. These so-called teachers not only do not know much, when successfully questioned about their ignorance they’d rather make up facts than rethink their actions, do some real research, and learn something.
Why is anyone sending their children to any schools taught by these “educational professionals?” It is like sending your kids to learn lion taming from Monty Python. Not only will they not learn anything, the fake knowledge they are taught will do them great harm for the rest of their lives, even possibly killing them prematurely.
Get your kids out of these public schools. Home-school! Hire your own teachers! Team up with your neighbors! Do anything you can to get your children away from these vultures. Otherwise, their future will be grim and ugly, built on sand and thus guaranteed to fail and harm them badly.