Jeff Standley

Should teachers engage in the Santa conspiracy?

Should teachers collude in the deception that Father Christmas exists? Educational philosopher Jeff Standley tackles this age-old ethical poser and finds some light at the end of the chimney

Should teachers engage in the Santa conspiracy?

Christmastime is here again. Many children will be sharing their Christmas wishes with Santa Claus, and readying their stockings in joyful anticipation of his visit to their homes. Many early years classrooms will also be getting in on the act, as they too talk about visits from Santa, along with singing songs and putting on activities about him.

This is generally considered to be innocent fun, but some feel that Santa should have no place in the classroom. Why?

SPOILER ALERT: Santa does not really exist. Children are convinced of his existence by a grand deception, perpetuated through ...

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