I disagree with my supervisor's decision. I teach music at a public school in the US, and the principal has decided to ban all holiday-related music from our performances. He has claimed his decision is "from an equity standpoint," and was influenced by one family choosing not to attend the performance because their religious views bar them from singing holiday music. Note that the family did not make a complaint to the principal. He just didn't like that they opted out.
This will mean that several beloved traditions will cease to exist, and I expect it will anger quite a few families. I respectfully made my disagreement known, am on good terms with the family in question, and offered alternatives to cancelling holiday music.
I was overruled. I do not wish to become the public face of this decision. I think making it clear that I dissented would solve that. However, I recognize that telling the children or families "go talk to Mr. So-And-So, it was his idea." would be unprofessional.
What is the best way to make sure the families know that I didn't cancel the Christmas and Chanukah songs without obviously throwing my administrator under the bus?
Note: this is NOT about who is right, just about how to avoid needing to defend a decision with which I disagree.
1.Why would you be defending the decision?
2.If you do have to defend it what's wrong with saying that it was "Mr. So and So's" decision or that it wasn't your decision? Stating the facts of the matter is hardly unprofessional.