A Canadian elementary school sent home a note to parents announcing that it decided to effectively cancel all recognition of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day on school grounds in an effort to be more sensitive to those students who come from “non-traditional families.”
Parents of children attending Albert McMahon Elementary in Mission, British Columbia, have taken to social media to express their disappointment over the note, which read:
“As Mother’s Day and Father’s Day approach we have met as a Primary (Grade 1 and 2) team to discuss our core values. In an effort to celebrate diversity, inclusivity, and also nurture our students who are part of non-traditional families, we have decided to encourage those celebrations to take place at home.”
“Due to this, the children will not be making gifts at school to give on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We feel each family knows the best way to celebrate with their own family,” the note concluded.
When questioned about the eyebrow-raising policy, district Superintendent Angus Wilson did not seem to find anything wrong with it, claiming that it was brought in in part by “a trauma that has been experienced at the school fairly recently.” He also noted that teachers are free to decide what goes on in their classrooms separate from the curriculum.
Commenters on social media were quick to express their own disappointment with the ruling.
“They had better eliminate even the mention of any and all special days in school as any one of them might offend someone. That’s inclusive, is it?” one person suggested, while another observed: “Yes there are kids who only have one parent, or may be foster kids, or kids who because of religion can’t celebrate, but that’s been going on forever. I still have stuff my kids made when they were little kids. What’s next?”