City school officials in Cranston, Rhode Island have ended their father-daughter dance and mother-son ballgame activities. Here’s their logic: they believe that these activities violate state discrimination laws.
Apparently, the school superintendent says the decision was 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.
At my daugther’s elementary school, the Father Daughter Dance has been re-branded the “Me and My Guy Dance” in order to appeal to all types of family situations. I applaud this. If I was a single mother raising my children alone, I wouldn’t want the constant reminder. Re-branding the dance is absolutely appropriate, in my humble opinion, because let’s face it…all of us did not grow up in a traditional family situation. However, I think cancelling these activities is a little extreme.
Smarties, weigh in on the debate! Let me hear from you – what do you think about the Cranston, RI superintendent’s decision?