Seattle School Renames Easter Eggs as "Spring Spheres"

Poor Easter Bunny! Seattle public school is renaming Easter eggs "Spring Spheres." The story broke on Dori Monson Show on the radio:
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."

The School District said that it was done to comply with their "Religion and Religious Accommodation" policy, where "no religious belief or non-belief should be promoted by the School District or its employees, and none should be disparaged." (Update 4/19/11 - The School District didn't say it was done to comply with their policy. That was my mistake - they did put a statement pointing to their Religion and Religious Accommodation policy - Thanks Joe Mondo!).

A+ for political correctness, but what grade do you think the school should get for common sense? Link

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My girlfriend and I recognized they were not spheres. We thought globule would be a better word.

There is a week-day naming convention that is simply numerical. 1st (sunday), 2nd (Monday) up to saturday and then it's the Sabbath! Oh well, it could just be the 7th. This system is in use in Portugal I believe. It was actually made up to get rid of the pagan-based week-day names.
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And as far as tools of spreading religion, just passing candy filled plastic eggs to school kids near Easter would be a pretty lame one anyway. It would only ever so barely be promoting religion if they were called Easter eggs.
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Seems like no harm was done. The kids still got to have the eggs. The ones that are really into the religious significance of Christian Easter weren't hurt by the eggs being called something else (and the REALLY fundamental Christian kids probably don't mind the pagan influenced tradition not being associated with their holiday anyhow) and the ones that didn't know/care about/desire the religious connection weren't hurt either. Every kid got to eat them. The mom got to have fun handing them out. The school avoided a sticky situation. Everyone wins.
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Seriously? Don't let facts or evidence get in the way of a good political correctness bogeyman story.

Alex back with another of his Conservativorama posts...
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