[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
Good Allah, what is going on with us? Just when you thought political correctness couldn’t get any worse, we get this one:
A sophomore at a local private high school thinks an effort to make Easter politically correct is ridiculous.
Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.
“At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that,” Jessica said.
She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about “their abstract behavior rules.”
“I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay,” Jessica explained. “She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat ‘spring spheres.’ I couldn’t call them Easter eggs.”
Now more than a few people have reacted to the soul-crushing political correctness of it, but let me point out something else: it is geometrically incorrect to call these things…
…spheres. A sphere is defined, in relevant part, as:
a solid that is bounded by a surface consisting of all points at a given distance from a point constituting its center
Which is a fancy way of saying that it has to be perfectly round. Which eggs are not.
And seriously, what exactly is the problem with the word “egg?” I can sort-of understand the annoyance with Easter—that is associated with that forbidden Christ-guy—but who is mad about the word “egg?”
I swear the politically correct types want us to be constantly walking on egg shells spherical husks.
Political correctness is all about not ever offending anyone. Well bluntly I am offended, not just for bad geometry but by your attempt to remove all offensiveness and color from our culture. I am offended by your imposed beigeness.
Meanwhile we learn of this latest example of a school usurping parents’ rights:
At his public school, Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.
Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.
“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona said. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”
Excuse me, but if parents let a student bring junk food to school, how is that your business? You get to decide what to make children eat, thus vetoing what the parents wish? Are you going to go home with them at night and make sure they eat their vegetables, too?
There is a certain attitude around these days, most prevalently on the left, that schools should be used to teach children the right beliefs about everything (except faith, naturally), from environmentalism to socialism, to everything. It’s reason 44,324 why we should have vouchers.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]