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UCI Halloween and Its Negative Traditions in The United States Analysis HW

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As educators, community members, and/or parents we all play a role in disrupting problematic school practices. In this final assignment you will identify one problematic practice in education and, (1) describe the problem (historical context), (2) explain why it is harmful to students, and (3) offer solutions. The assignment will be written in the form of a letter to a school principal or school board. You must use at least 3 reputable sources, such as, academic articles, books, news articles, and/or data, to support your argument. I provide a few examples of topics you may choose (see below) but you may choose any topic that interests you. The strongest letters focus on one specific issue/problem. If you have questions about your topic you can email me or we can discuss. Please refer to the rubric to earn full points for the assignment. To see a sample of a well-written letter you will find one in Canvas under “course documents.”

Letter Format

Top, right: First and Last name

First line: Dear Principal or Dear School Board

Body: Single-spaced

Font: 12 point

Margins: 1” all sides


Problematic practices (that perpetuate inequality) in education:

  • Thanksgiving celebrations where children dress up as pilgrims and Native Americans (grades pre-kinder—1st)
  • School tracking: Tracking students into general/remedial and honors/AP courses (grades K-12)
  • Tracking/pushing students of color into vocational education (versus college-track).
  • Overrepresentation of students of color in special education
  • Under representation of students of color in gifted, honors, and AP classes
  • Lack of school counselors (especially in school districts serving low-income, students of color)
  • Lack of mental health professionals (especially in school districts serving low-income, students of color)
  • Underrepresentation of teachers of color OR teachers with disabilities OR teachers who identify as LGBTQ+
  • White-centered and/or, male-centered and/or, hetero-centric curriculum
  • Police or Military presence on campus (especially in school districts serving low-income, students of color)
  • Limited or surface-level inclusions of diversity such as multicultural potlucks
  • Absence of bilingual education (and/or absence of qualified bilingual educators)
  • Absence of support or resources for students who are undocumented
  • Punitive disciplinary practices (especially against low-income, students of color)
  • Heteronormative schooling practices (e.g., school dances, sports, bathrooms…)

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Running Head: SCHOOL PRINCIPAL LETTER

School Principal Letter
Student’s Name
Institution Affiliations

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SCHOOL PRINCIPAL LETTER

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Dear Principal,
I am writing this letter to point out the history of Halloween and its negative traditions in
the United States. In particular, this letter will address the problematic practices of Halloween
that have been imposed on students and especially those in lower grades. While the holiday is
widely accepted as an American tradition, it has its origins in Irish immigrants that brought it to
the country. As part of the discussion on Halloween, this letter will emphasize the historical
context of the practice thereby outlining its practical severity on children. Further, the letter will
address the harm that the practices have on the young students and their mental and emotional
aspects. Finally, the letter proposes solutions and recommendations in a bid to address the
negative implications with the help of the curriculum.
Despite Halloween not being a federal holiday in the US, it is widely celebrated
throughout the country. According to Santino (2014), the emergence of Halloween has its
tradition on the Celtic festival of Samhain that was highly popular in Ireland and Scotland.
Accordingly, the mythology of the people asserts that the veil between the spirit and human
worlds becomes thin during the Samhain, thereby expo...

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University of Virginia

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