A school in the Pacific Northwest is making headlines because a teenage volunteer outed them for insisting that the Easter eggs she made filled with little treats were to be called "spring spheres" instead. She claims the politically correct plan backfired when the third-grade students called them Easter eggs anyway.
The girl told MyNorthwest.com:
When I took them out of the bag, the teacher said, "Oh look, spring spheres" and all the kids were like, "Wow, Easter eggs." So they knew.
The Seattle elementary school is joining the rest of the city in making "Easter" verboten. The city's parks department has removed "Easter" from all of its advertised egg hunts. The general reaction, of course, has been to mock the school and mock Seattle because, wow, how pathetically crunchy can you be? But really, it kind of makes sense.
These are community events sponsored by the local government. There is a separation of church and state. For those who are offended by this, maybe ask yourself WHY you're offended? If you want to have an egg hunt in your house, call it an Easter one, but if there is one sponsored by the community, which ostensibly includes people who are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Agnostic, and more, then you're going to have to be more inclusive.
The other day, my culturally Jewish but basically godless 4-year-old made an Easter egg in her preschool class. Even though at the beginning of the year, the school had assured another set of concerned parents that they wouldn't do any religious crafts, I couldn't have cared less. My daughter and son will have an Easter egg hunt in a couple weeks at our lake house and it will be a blast.
I have no problem with them calling the hunt whatever they want. But I can also understand why a community center and a school might want to be a little more egalitarian. Yes, the kids call BS and, yes, they know it's Easter stuff, but at least the school is trying to be inclusive and, yes, it's a bit silly and, yes, it's PC, but it's also what is right.
As a person who grew up non-Christian in the Bible belt, I'm more than familiar with the way Christian holidays are pushed on everyone as though everyone celebrates them, and then if anyone dares to protest, they're mocked with eye rolls and exasperated sighs. It isn't the right way to be and, personally, I would rather my children see that I'm trying to be inclusive and inviting even when it comes across as kind of silly and meaningless.
Are "spring spheres" really that offensive?