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    Rhode Island school district bans father-daughter, mother-son dances

    Rhode Island school district bans father-daughter, mother-son dances

    Cranston, Rhode Island (pronounced “Craaaaaaaanston”) has given in to ACLU pressure and has banned father-daughter dances as a violation of the state anti-discrimination law.

    Via Providence Journal:

    In a move that has taken some parents by surprise, the school department has announced that it is banning traditional “father-daughter” and “mother-son” activities, saying they violate state law.

    Supt. Judith Lundsten said the move was triggered by  a letter ifrom  the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a single mom who had complained that her daughter had not been able to attend her father-daughter dance.

    Lundsten said school attorneys found while federal Title IX legislation banning gender discrimination gives an exemption for  “father-son” and “mother-daughter” events,  Rhode Island law doesn’t.

    Via the local ABC affiliate the move was in response to an ACLU complaint about “gender specific” events:

    When students returned to school this year, there was a big change made to their annual activities. Cranston schools will no longer have “gender specific events,” such as father-daughter or mother-daughter dances.

    The ban came after the ACLU filed a complaint on behalf of a single mother who said her daughter could not attend these dances. The ACLU argues the dances go against federal law that prohibits gender discrimination. While federal law gives an exemption for dances like the “father-daughter,” Rhode Island law does not.

    Anyone who tells you this isn’t a culture war is lying.


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    Well. And what do boys do when the school holds a designated father-daughter activity?

    Before we yanked our kids out of the public schools to home school them, the local elementary announced this Thanksgiving activity: a father-daughter “Indian Princess Dance” for the girls to attend, and a “Little Chiefs” hiking and cookout something or other for the boys. This did not sit well with many of the girls, who would have preferred to go on a hike and cookout, and also be “chiefs” rather than “princesses”. It also did not sit real well with many of the fathers of girls.

    Public schools have no business in the first place doing social engineering, whether one agrees or not with the underlying message or theme. They exist to be teaching academics, a job which too many schools do far too badly.

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    We’ve been addressing, for some years now, the question of the majority oppressing the minority. So, when is it that we begin to address the “tyranny” of the minority?

    katiejane | September 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    “a single mom who had complained that her daughter had not been able to attend her father-daughter dance”

    Instead of whining to the ACLU perhaps this single mother should have wondered about what sort of pitiful childhood she was providing her daughter in that there wasn’t one male who would step in as a quasi-father figure for thie dance. You have to wonder what the girl child is learning about men

    Juba Doobai! | September 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    What I find disturbing is the people who think a father-daughter/mother-son dance is creepy. What is wrong with you people? Have you all been sucked in by the idiot Hollywood filmmaker who thinks incest is okay so you must view such bonding relations as creepy? The dances are a fantastic way for a dad and a mom to teach the kid how they should expect to be treated with courtesy and how they should treat their partner with courtesy. It’s a fantastic rite of passage that involves the parent in their kid’s social life and the occasion for a lot of pride on both sides.

    Creepy? Sheesh!

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