‘Jingle Bells’ canceled: why the song is not on this school’s beautiful list

People are waiting in line to get tested for COVID-19 in New York City. More than a year after the vaccine was deployed, new cases of COVID-19 in the United States have reached the highest level on record with more than 265,000 per day on average. (AP Photo / Brittainy Newman)

ACROSS AMERICA – Hello! It’s Thursday, December 30, and welcome to the end of a second consecutive week of vacation. It’s hard to believe 2022 is just around the corner. One thing to look forward to next year is another full list of super moons and meteor showers. Want to plan ahead? See what’s in store.

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After discovering that “Jingle Bells” was first performed in public by white actors dressed in blackface, Kyna Hamill had no idea that her science article would be used to silence the elementary school vacation classic.

But it was.

And Hamill, professor and director of the Boston University’s core curriculum, can’t quite believe the dust his work has caused at Council Rock Elementary School in Brighton, New York. Hamill said that while the origin of the song should be discussed, it should still be sung and appreciated for what it means today.

Kevin McGowan, the director of Brighton Central Schools, doesn’t think so. Yet he lodged complaints that the removal of “Jingle Bells” from the elementary music program was “liberalism gone mad”, “a cancellation of culture at its best” or political indoctrination.

“Is singing the song ‘Jingle Bells’ so important that it overrides the question of her past or her potential not to be inclusive in various ways?” McGowan wrote in an open letter posted on the district’s website. “If there are many, many songs available to serve the same purpose, then why don’t we use those songs? I think our teachers have answered this question very thoughtfully and I am proud of their work.” “Cancel culture”? Or “Liberalism adrift? »The school explains why it silenced the« Jingle Bells », via Rochester, New York, Patch

COVID cases soar

More than a year after the vaccine was deployed, new cases of COVID-19 in the United States reached the highest level on record at more than 265,000 per day on average, an increase largely due to the variant highly contagious from omicron. The previous mark was 250,000 cases per day, set for mid-January, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University. New COVID-19 cases in US reach highest on record, via Across America Patch

Senator Harry Reid has died at 82

He was an accomplished amateur boxer who preferred to dance. But Harry Reid liked to remind his opponents that he also knew how to fight. This skill has taken him far. Reid, who died Tuesday at age 82 after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer, was one of the most skilled negotiators in Congress and served as Majority Leader from 2007 to 2015. Harry Reid, former majority leader in the US Senate, dies at 82, via patch across America

Footballer John Madden has passed away

John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach and host who has become one of the most recognizable voices on television in decades, died Tuesday morning, the NFL reported. He was 85 years old. Madden rose to fame as the coach of the Oakland Raiders, leading the renegade team to their first Super Bowl victory in 1977. Madden first retired in 1979 and joined CBS. As a broadcaster, he won 16 Emmy Awards and became known for his exuberant appeals combined with straightforward explanations. John Madden, famous trainer and entertainer from California, dies at 85, via patch across california

The first puppy photos are published

President Joe Biden’s new puppy Commander was released to the public for the first time after being featured last week in a Twitter post that read, “Meet the newest Biden.” On Tuesday, Biden and First Lady Jill Biden took the commander for a walk along Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, as White House press photographers documented the event. Photos: Biden’s new German Shepherd puppy is aptly named as Commander, via patch across America

President Joe Biden prepares to throw a ball as he walks with his dog Commander in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky

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