Earlier this week, word that a music teacher at Cherry Knoll Elementary School in Michigan took the liberty of deleting “gay,” and inserting the word “bright” in the classic Christmas carol “Deck the Halls,” emerged. Allegedly, the teacher felt it was necessary to avoid the chuckles of his/her young students.
Principal Chris Parker says he overturned the music’s teacher’s decision to change the lyric to “Don we now our bright apparel” as soon as he became aware of the alteration and regrets that the instructor failed to use the moment as a teachable one. “This would have been a great opportunity to teach that ‘gay’ has more than one meaning and is not a bad word,” Parker explained. “We have an anti-bullying and discrimination policy which includes sexual orientation. So going forward,” he added, “the teacher will be addressing, ‘This is how we are supposed to be reacting. This is the way to be respectful about this.’”
The news report asserts that some parents felt the teacher’s decision to exchange the word was inappropriate and they intend to explain to their children that gay is not a bad word.
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