If Your Kid Is Fasting, Should That Mean No Pizza For My Kid Either?
My girlfriend posted on Facebook the other day about her child’s class missing out on all the celebrating during the school year due to the religious beliefs of 2 students in the class.
Every other classroom in the school has had special parties or celebrations throughout the year for all the bullshit holidays like Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Her daughters class has missed out, because the teacher felt like it was inappropriate to have two children unable to participate.
Fast forward to end of year celebrations. There is no pagan rituals or Christian things that are being celebrated. The tradition at this school is for the classes to have each have an end of year pizza party for the kids. Her daughter’s class is again being left out, because the two aforementioned kids are fasting due to Ramadan and would be unable to have pizza with the other kids.
I’m sorry, but I don’t buy this “building a community” line bullshit that the teacher is towing. This is dividing a community. The kids in this classroom are just gonna resent the 2 that have basically rained on their parade all year long. Instead of having two kids left out, they now have 20, because the entire school is participating in all of these events while this class has to go without because of the religion of two kids. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
I understand that the teacher is trying to be sensitive to all beliefs, but in the process they are dismissing the needs of the majority of the kids in the room.
One of the comments on the thread was what do the two fasting kids do during lunch? Do all of the kids now have to skip lunch so that that those two don’t get jealous?
I’m so fucking irritated about this and it’s not even my kid involved.
This is North America. We are supposed to respect everyone’s belief and cultures. The way to promote community is to expose the kids to everybody’s culture and beliefs and help them to understand one anothers beliefs. Spend some time at the end of the year on what Ramadan is. Help the kids understand why the some kids are fasting and what it means to them. And then have the fucking pizza party for everybody, and if you’re fasting come and play but don’t eat pizza. Or if that is just too hard on Little Johnny Faster, then the parents can have the option of keeping them home that day.
I just feel that if we aren’t allowed to recognize any religious holiday and have it influence the activities in the school, why are they allowing the religious beliefs of two kids dictate the activities in the classroom?
I mean, what if one of the Christian kids decided to give up electronics for Lent? Would the teacher then stop using the white board or ban computer lab for the entire class because of the one child’s beliefs? Likely not. If it wasn’t Ramadan and they were having pizza, would all the pizzas have no bacon or pepperoni because many Muslims don’t eat pork? Likely not….they would just request a cheese pizza.
And yes. I understand that these parties are not part of the curriculum. But they are a fun thing at school that kids look forward too, and sometimes its important to just let kids have fun in a learning environment too.
In my opinion, a better solution would be for a teacher or the school to send out a list of all “special events” that occur during the year, and then allow parents to make the decision about whether or not their child can participate. Simple as that.
If we’re being respectful of the beliefs and traditions of everybody, it should include the majority as well, right?
What do you think, Bitches?