According to CTV, Astral Drive Elementary School in Nova Scotia has chosen to celebrate the International Day of Families — which takes place annually on May 15 — rather than the traditional Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
The school apparently decided to make this change in order to include non-traditional families, a move some parents welcome. According to parent Colleen Ferguson, “I think it’s a great idea because of the diverse families that there are today.” Adds mom Shirley Owen, “I am the head of a single-family home, and I am mother and father.”
But some parents think the move is taking political correctness a bit too far. Michelle Allaby, for example, says she has no problem with the idea of being inclusive of all types of families, but she feels Mother’s Day and Father’s Day shouldn’t be abolished.
“They weren’t allowed to make a card or a craft at Mother’s Day. So, I asked my friends that go to schools in the neighbouring 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,” she said.
Family Day has been in place at the the school for two years. To celebrate the day, students at the school were asked to write the names of all the people that supported them in their lives on a large tree hung in the gymnasium.
It’s a bit puzzling that a school that celebrates inclusiveness wouldn’t just celebrate all three days, or at least ask parents what they thought about the change. According to Education Minister Ramona Jennex, celebrating diversity is important and there is no provincial policy on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Family Day. She says, “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.”