Like many school boards across the nation, [the Toronto District School Board] attempts to regulate everything from the traditional usages of the culture to the sexual identity of its students. The TDSB swims with the sewage, not only in the washrooms, but, for example, in renaming Hallowe’en as “Black and Orange Day” in order not to offend wiccans or immigrants for whom the custom of trick or treating is foreign or potentially unsettling in some way. But the TDSB is merely a symptom of the age in which, as I have written elsewhere, “the individual is no longer understood as a nexus of thought, energy, moral conviction and spiritual autonomy, with a biological identity furnished by Nature, but as a malleable lump of helpless suffering and justified desire to be pitied and served.” Our schools in particular have succeeded in turning us into creatures of ideological fashion rather than autonomous agents capable of self-reflection and resistant to social and political manipulation. Forget about math, science, literature or history; it’s all about social activism now. The signs of cultural decadence are everywhere around us, and the educational system has become one of the principal engines of moral and intellectual decay.One learns from the TDSB site that the Wiccan New Year, celebrated on October 31st, is called "Samhain". It's
considered the last of the three harvest festivals. In times past, this would have been the 'meat' harvest, one in which the livestock that was not going to be able to be fed and sustained through the winter was slaughtered for the communities food supply into the coming months. It is the formal beginning of the 'dark' half of the year which ends on Beltane (April 30th-May 1st). This association with death continues today with many Wiccan groups gathering together to celebrate their ancestors and the gifts that they have given them in the form of family lore, skills, and wisdom. Candles are lit to call their souls back for the night and a feast is held with plates prepared of food for the honoured dead."Plates prepared of food," eh? What a way to put it that's awkward ;).
Update: In case you missed it, here's a recent Maclean's piece re carrots, Wiccans and the perils of a "social justice" edumacation.