Holidays and Increasing Diversity at Religious Private Schools

December 22, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 22, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "December is the time at Christian private schools for lessons and carols, for Advent wreaths and archangels--whether you're Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or still sampling religions. Although some prep schools remain enclaves for certain faiths and cultures, other religiously affiliated schools enroll students of all traditions while making no apologies for holding to the schools' holiday heritages... 'Most schools, even though they may want to ground children of that tradition in that tradition, they still acknowledge they're going to have to live with others,' said Peter Cobb, executive director of the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education in Atlanta... 'Those [parents] who have a significant faith tradition at times would rather their child be at a school that honors religion--even if it's a different religion--than at a school that dismisses or marginalizes or doesn't acknowledge religion,' he said."