A couple of years ago, my friend’s son was in his final year of high school. At Christmas, he participated in their Christmas concert. Only problem, it couldn’t be called a Christmas Concert. The Toronto District School Board decreed that it has to be a ‘Holiday Concert’.
However, when my friend and his wife attended the production, they were pleasantly surprised.
One item was a skit called, ‘Putting on a Holiday Concert’. In it, the characters discussed and planned the upcoming holiday concert. The big stumbling block? What to call it. As the characters mulled over the holiday concert, they kept returning to one question over and over, “What do we call the Christmas concert?” Or they referred to their production as a Christmas concert and then corrected themselves with “Oh yeah, I forgot. We can’t call it a Christmas Concert.” These points were made over and over and over again for the length of the skit. The word ‘Christmas’ was mentioned as many times as possible.
Oh yeah, and the music? Nothing but religious Christmas carols. No “Frosty the Snowman” or “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Just “Silent Night, Holy Night”, etc.
When we complain about how our youth don’t measure up, we should take the time out to remember incidents like this. We also should remember that from the perspective of our young people, there is nothing edgy or cool about Political Correctness. It is a form of oppression they have known all their lives, like the citizens of the Soviet Union.
Now if only a politician would realise this. Anti-Political Correctness is the transformational issue of the age, just waiting to be championed.
P.S. We should acknowledge the enabling role that the teachers played in this production. None of this could have happened without at least their tacit approval. Teachers usually get a bum rap from conservatives, often for justified reasons, but incidents like serve to remind us that they can sometimes be allies as well.