If you’re hoping to keep the Christmas spirit alive in your children for as long as possible, don’t send them to Leatrice Ann Eng’s class. The teacher is making headlines for ruining the holidays for her 6 and 7 year old students by telling them that Santa Claus doesn’t exist.
During a lesson about the North Pole, one of the classmates mentioned that the area was also the home of Santa’s toy workshop and reindeers. Eng’s response? No, it wasn’t “Isn’t that nice, dear” or even a simple “Sure.” Instead, she “snapped that not only was there no Santa, but their parents are the ones who leave presents under the tree.” Oops.
Eng has since apologized for her actions but I’m sure it’ll be a while before parents will forgive her. I, on the other hand, have a tiny heart of stone and applaud the teacher’s actions. Second grade is much too old to believe in Santa Claus. There’s also nothing more annoying that listening to a bunch of spoiled brats making a list of demands at the end of the year. And don’t these kids understand logic? How would it be physically possible for a single, overweight man deliver toys to the entire world on a single night, much less live comfortably in the North Pole? Imagine the amount of electricity and fuel he must burn to heat his home and workshop. If there’s one reason for global warming, we should be blaming this man for singehandedly melting our polar ice caps. And does he pay his elves? If not, that’s called “slavery” and I’m pretty sure we abolished that back in the 1860’s.
I hope Eng gets to keep her job. Who else will tell these students that the Tooth Fairy is a figment of their imagination, the Easter Bunny is a capitalist trap, Valentine’s Day is a farce that forces people to waste valuable money on material objects and half of all marriages end in divorce. She won’t? Fine. I will.