Multiple Melbourne schools have been called to stop saying “mom” or “dad” to be more “gender inclusive”…
And it’s certainly caused a divide in opinion online.
Here’s the full story.
Now, the world has progressed a lot over the last few years in terms of inclusivity.
But despite a huge shift in language, there’s still a lot of work left to be done.
We may be unable to change history, even though a lot of us would like to…
But that doesn’t mean we cannot be progressive and respectful moving forward.
More and more people are now making a conscious effort to include gender-neutral pronouns in day-to-day life…
And it’s safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community is now bigger than ever.
So much so, that the United Nations shared this important tweet last year.
They wrote: “What you say matters. Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you’re unsure about someone’s gender or are referring to a group,” along with a list of appropriate gender-neutral language to use.
“Chair” instead of “Chairman,” “Police Officer” instead of “Police Man,” and “Spouse” instead of “Husband/Wife.”
And now, the words “mom” and “dad” are being urged to fall from certain schools’ language guides…
In order to promote “gender inclusivity.”
A huge divide in opinion has been caused by this move…
With many parents expressing their outrage over the nouns potentially no longer being used in schools.
But some feel it’s appropriate for certain children in classrooms…
Including those who – sadly – don’t have moms or dads.
Multiple schools in Melbourne, Australia, are being urged to use gender-neutral pronouns and scrap “mum and dad” in favor of “parent” as part of a campaign to improve inclusivity for LGBTQI+ students.
According to the Daily Mail, unisex bathrooms, non-gendered sporting teams, and the flying of rainbow flags have also been recommended to improve inclusivity.
Some schools are even being encouraged to stop teachers and pupils from using words including mom, dad, and boyfriend in a controversial bid to banish gendered words.
Instead, “parent” and “partner” is preferred.
The suggestions come as the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network launched its #SpeakingUpSpeaksVolumes campaign to support LGBTQI+ students in schools.
The campaign used material from Proud2Play and VicHealth which included strategies for schools and sports – including non-gendered teams and the use of rainbow flags.
Parents were also being asked to question others about what pronouns they used.
In a statement on Monday, the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network said the campaign was not about mandating the use of pronouns or terms like mom and dad.
“To be very clear, the #speakingupspeaksvolumes campaign….is focused on addressing the very serious impacts that bullying and discrimination has on LGBTIQ+ people, children, and young people in particular,” it said.
What do you think?
Do you think this is a good initiative? Or do you think it’s totally inappropriate for the classroom?