By Grace Vasquez
My dad and I never attended a “father-daughter” dance because my school never had one but my dad has was always been there for me, especially for the most important dance, my wedding. Well now, the PC world is preventing fathers and daughters from enjoying a very happy memory because the annual dance is not “inclusive.”
A Staten Island elementary school canceled the father daughter dance this Friday because of the New York State Department of Education’s new gender guidelines that require schools to “eliminate” any “gender-based” practices like the dance in a March 2017 policy update unless they serve a “clear” educational purpose.
As expected some parents were very angry at what they saw as political correctness interfering with a quaint tradition, now in its third year.
PTA president Toni Bennett wrote to a private school-parents group on Facebook, “Until we understand what we are legally permitted to do, we need to table this event,”
Matthew West, a 32-year-old father of two daughters at the school, Lily and Willow,“They should leave it the way it was — father-daughter, mother-son.” West gave his opinion on the PC culture infiltrating society, he said, “I hate it . . . People are just becoming too scared to talk.”
Mom Akaia Cameron said her third-grade girl had a “great time” with her dad last year — “all this gender crap needs to just stop.”
Parents told the paper that the school’s reaction seems odd given that it held a mother-son bowling event last year.
So now what? The DOE said the school can change the name of the dance to a more inclusive title and can be rescheduled to include kids and caregivers of any gender.
Well, that solves everything doesn’t it? Not really. Perhaps parents need to create their own dance off campus or just acquiesce and allow administrators to kill this fun moment of school memories for their children too. ~grace