A New Principal Has Taken Over The School And Is Trying To Make It “Politically Correct”
A new principal at PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, has given the school a politically correct run-through. Santa Claus is banned, Thanksgiving is now “Harvest festival”, the Pledge of Allegiance is no more, and Christmas is now known as “winter celebration”.
Can one person really in charge of that much in a small community?
New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has proven that sometimes all you need is a high position in order to enact your personal beliefs on others.
“We definitely can’t say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa. No angels. We can’t even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David.” – PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her.
So far, there has been no official statement from Kim, 33.
A memo was sent out last month that suggested a “harvest festival” instead of Thanksgiving, and a “winter celebration” instead of a Christmas party. The memo urged staff to take into consideration the sensitive and diverse cultures in the community.
Ninety-five percent of the 1,600 kids at PS 169 are Asian or Hispanic.In a recent directive to all schools, the city Department of Education said it permits holiday symbols including Christmas trees, kinaras (candleholders for Kwanzaa), dreidels, Hanukkah menorahs and the Islamic star-and-crescent. Displays that “depict images of deities, religious figures or religious texts” are prohibited.
The crazy part about all this is that some holiday symbols ARE allowed. The city Department of Education said it permits the use of holiday symbols like the Christmas Tree, Kinaras, Dreidels, Hanukkah menorahs, and the Islamic star-and-crescent. What IS NOT allowed are religious figures, or any images that depict deities or religious texts. Iorio also said he tapped student leaders to lead the Pledge of Allegiance every Monday morning. When Kim arrived, the school-wide pledge ended.
Things changed drastically in this Brooklyn school ever since Kim arrived. For one, the school-wide pledge ended.
Kim has been critiqued having put odd things as priorities for the kids’ education. After her arrival at PS 169 in May 2014, she ordered all faculty to clear their classrooms of “clutter”. Hundreds of books and supplies were loaded into the gym where parents and other community members took what they wanted. The rest was thrown away.
She also dumped boxes of newly purchased reading books in the basement because she preferred another curriculum.
Kim bought seven 70- to 80-inch Sharp flat-screen smart TVs costing about 3k each. She mounted the TVs in the auditorium. School staff say that they have never been used.
Article: New York Post