CRANSTON, R.I. – School officials in the Rhode Island city of Cranston have ended their traditional father-daughter dances and mother-son ballgames, saying the activities are a violation of state gender discrimination law.Now, shame on the school for not allowing the single mom to attend her daughter's dance. That's just plain stupid. The response, though, doubled down on stupid - a blanket ban on gender-specific events? Really? One of the highlights of my year is the annual "Daddy-Daughter Dance" sponsored by the Girl Scouts - which is held at the elementary school. If we lived in this district in RI, we couldn't hold the dance at the school.
School Superintendent Judith Lundsten tells the Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/Pv6SzE ) the move came in response to a complaint from a single mother, who brought her case to the American Civil Liberties Union after her daughter wasn't allowed to attend a father-daughter dance.
And here we see what happens when political correctness ("ZOMG! We can't have gender-themed events! Someone, somewhere might be offended!") intersects with Zero tolerance ("ZOMG! Make a decision on which events to disallow? Better ban them all so we don't have to think about it"). Events which I would assume go back many years, traditions if you will, are being tossed under the bus so that a tiny subset don't get their feelings hurt.
I'd ask for a return to common sense, but petty bureaucrats have never been known for being able to recognize that...
That is all.
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