Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Jule Klippe Dag ... Decorating for Christmas

I SKOLEN! Faktisk!
IN THE SCHOOL! Really!

Jeg arbejede femten år i U.S. offentlige skoler og under mine femten år, så jeg mange ting skifter. Sommetider skiftede ting og blev bedre, men mest af tid, skiftede de for at tilfredsstille en lille (endnu højlydt) gruppe. Offentlig uddannelse i amerika har glemt om børnenes behov og har blevet mere bekymret om bliver POLITISK KORREKT.... sædvanligvis at undgå en retssag. Og denne blives mig ked af det.

I worked for fifteen years in the US public schools and during my fifteen years, I saw many things change. Sometimes things changed and became better, but most of the time, they changed to satisfy one small (yet vocal) group. Public education in America has forgotten about children´s needs and have become more worried about being POLITICALLY CORRECT....usually to avoid a lawsuit. And this makes me sad.

En eksampel of dissee forandringer er hvad vi kan (og kan ikke) gøre i skole hensyn Jul. Du kan fortælle elever og deres forældre "Glædelig vinter ferie" men IKKE "Glædelig Jul". Du kan har pyntning i klasselokaler med sne og snemænd, men IKKE Jule ting. Og du kan skrive "vinter ferie" på din skole kalender, men du kan IKKE skrive "Jul Ferie"!


An example of these changes is what we can (and cannot) do in skole regarding Christmas. You can tell students and their parents "Happy Winter Holiday" but NOT "Merry Christmas". You can have classroom decorations with snow and snowmen, but NOT Christmas things. And you can write "winter break" on your school calendar, but you canNOT write "Christmas break"!

Ting er anderledes i Danmark, fordi Jul er den mest hyggelig tid af året hvor huse, butikker, kontorer OG SKOLER ønsker at skabe et hyggeligt miljø for hele december. Faktisk, skolerne har en speciel dag hedder "Klippe Dag" så elever, lærere, og forældre kan have en dag sammen for at udsmykke skolerne og lokaler. Sædvanligvis, er Klippe Dag er sidste skole dag før Advent begynder, og Mads fortalte mig Klippe Dag har været en tradition så lang så han kan huske. Han husker at børn laver pyntning sammen med deres lærere og forældre og når de er færdig, føler hele skole så hyggelig! Klippe Dag er ikke om religion eller kirke---i stedet for, det er om bringer Jul Sjæl til alle! Og uden hensyn til hvis du er en religios person, eller ikke, Jul Sjæl er noget alle trænger!

Things are different in Denmark because Christmas is the most cozy time of the year where houses, shops, offices AND SCHOOLS want to create a cozy atmosphere for the entire month of december. In fact, the schools have a special day called "Klippe Day" where students, teachers and parents have one day together to decorate the school and classrooms. Usually Klippe Day is the last school day before Advent begins, and Mads told me that Klippe Day has been a tradition as long as he can remember where children make decorations with their teachers and parents and when they are finished, the whole school feels so cozy! Klippe Dag is not about religion or about church----rather, it is about bringer Christmas spirit to everyone. And regardless of whether you are a religious person, or not, Christmas Spirit is something everyone needs!

8 comments:

LadyFi said...

I was reading about this only the other day! It seems incredible that you are not allowed to mention the word Christmas, but can wish people a Happy Hannukah or Ramadam.

Mentioning the one doesn't mean that you don't respect all the other cultures and traditions.

Jacki said...

Being in Denmark for Christmas was one of the best times I had. I loved strolling through the towns and seeing all the decorations and feeling the warm coziness of it all.

Stephanie said...

I have to disagree with this one. You can't really compare the USA with Denmark. Denmark was a country founded on the separation of church and state. And I'll have to disagree with LadyFi as well, because the same applies to talking about Ramadan and Hannukah.

It is very hard to be a child whose family does not celebrate Christmas and have it thrust in your face all the time at school, the one place that is supposed to be completely neutral of religion. I personally believe that public schools are not the place to be celebrating religous holidays.

Hope you don't get offended, just wanted to air my opinion!

Amy said...

My dad mentioned this to me the other day and I thought he was joking! It's extremely sad that this is what the world (or I should be specific and say the USA) has come too..it's one more reason we have chosen to raise our kids in Norway, I want them to have a childhood similar to mine and here we can celebrate Christmas, wish each other Merry Christmas (or God Jul) and not be afraid we are stepping on anyone's toes.
I said to someone once that in America you have so many freedoms that you begin to not have any freedoms at all. This is a perfect example...
Enjoy the Christmas time my friend!!

Tara said...

We had Klippe Day at the International School the other day... it was a lot of fun. The kids made ALL the decorations and now everyone feels that Christmas has started!

Bluefish said...

I think US wants to accommodate people of all ethnics and religions...Then again a lot of people might be offended or complain about it.

I'm not religious but I still like the spirit of Christmas. I think immigrants in North America should integrate with the dominant society. The continent was founded on Christian values.

SH said...

I am so excited that this tradition exists in DK schools... if we tried to do it in the US a holy war would break out.

American in Norway said...

We don't have that here in Norway but it sounds like a nice tradition