St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year, so school children around the Valley and throughout the country will celebrate it at school on Friday.
Except at Wilbraham's Soule Road School, which this year is apparently trading in St. Patrick's Day for something called "O'Green Day."
Abc40 is reporting O'Green Day is not a tribute to the mega-successful San Francisco-based rock band Green Day, but a heavy-handed attempt to instill political correctness among the impressionable 4th and 5th graders.
The station reports the school principal, Lisa Curtin, reportedly made the move to be “inclusive and diverse” and ease any discomfort that may go along with celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. A similar renaming was done on St. Valentine's Day, also out of consideration of what are termed "faith issues," abc40 reports.
How very inclusive to ban the celebration of a major folk festival, rename it as something meaningless, and turn it into an occasion to eat green vegetables.
Was there a tremendous amount of discomfort that went along with this celebration? Color me skeptical. One parent responded to the ban by calling it "really stupid."
My daughter goes to a Lutheran school where they learn about the religious meaning behind various holidays. But something tells me that wasn't happening in Wilbraham even before the ban.
Don't let Lisa Curtin ruin your celebrations, though. Matthew Schmitz at First Things writes about disputes over America's favorite ... and strangest ... ethnic holiday, ending:
The essence of culture, and of ritual, is that it has the power to express and transmit an unselfconscious and implicit cultural memory. Any one phenomenon can have lots of meanings and social functions, and the cultural significance of St. Patrick’s Day is not circumscribed by the intentions of green-beer drinkers. You could argue that it’s self-serving for the comfortable majority to plunge into an ethnic holiday with such gusto, but I’m more inclined to admire and applaud a culture that always wants to identify with the underdog. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!