A school in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is taking political correctness to the extreme.
Astral Drive Elementary School has decided to eliminate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations, and instead celebrates the International Day of Families which takes place each year on May 15. The decision was made in an attempt to include non-traditional families.
Parent Michelle Allaby has no problem with celebrating Family Day, but that doesn’t mean she wanted Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to be eliminated.
“They weren’t allowed to make a card or a craft at Mother’s Day,” Allaby said. “So, I asked my friends that go to schools in the neighboring area, and they said yes, that their child had come home with a Mother’s Day card or craft, and it was a little upsetting to me.”
Family Day has been celebrated at the school for the past two years. As part of the celebration, students at the school are asked to write the names of people who have supported them on a large tree that is hung in the school gym, CTV News reported.
Some parents like the change.
“I think it’s a great idea because of the diverse families that there are today,” Colleen Ferguson said.
“I am the head of a single-family home, and I am mother and father,” Shirley Owen said.
At least one education official was also in favor of celebrating Family Day.
“Children can be isolated in a classroom if they’ve lost their mom or are in a family without a dad or in a family with two moms or two dads,” Education Minister Ramona Jennex said.