This guest post by Peter Siegel first appeared on Edutopia on October 13, 2016

Years ago, following a holiday concert I had just conducted at a small Vermont elementary school, a parent approached me with a complaint. “Christmas is the reason for the season,” he said. “So why can’t you sing about Jesus?” Public school teachers know that the answer is tied up in the U.S. Constitution, but the question did prompt me to ask myself a question that I still ponder today. Why do so many teachers find it hard to teach academically and meaningfully about all the holidays in a public school setting?