In case you missed it, we were delivered another chapter in American “progress” last week when a Staten Island elementary school canceled the annual father-daughter dance. Why did PS 65 decide that was necessary? Well, if you guessed it might have something to do with the left’s trendy gender politics, you got it in one shot.
According to The New York Post, the school decided to scrap the dance because they were concerned it might be in violation of the New York Department of Education’s gender guidelines for schools. In a March 2017 policy update, the DOE ordered schools to get rid of any “gender-based” practices that did not serve an obvious educational purpose. God knows how many trans people felt excluded by those horrible old terms “father” and “daughter.” We can’t have anyone feeling left out.
School officials say that the February 9 dance has been canceled, though they are planning to replace it with a new, more inclusive event next month. “Until we understand what we are legally permitted to do, we need to table this event,” the PTA president wrote on Facebook.
The NY Post quoted several parents who thought it was a total crock:
“They’re trying to take away everything that everybody grew up on and has come to know and I don’t think it’s fair or right,” said Matthew West, a 32-year-old father of two daughters at the school, Lily and Willow. “They should leave it the way it was — father-daughter, mother-son.”
Of PC culture, he said, “I hate it . . . People are just becoming too scared to talk.”
“It’s not fair at all,” said Jose Garcia, 37, who’s gone to the past two dances with his 9-year-old daughter, Jolene. “I have nothing against no one but I don’t think that it should affect the school, or the kids for that matter.”
A disappointed Jolene said, “They had a dance party. We got to wear dresses and hang out with our friends.”
“All this gender crap needs to just stop,” said mom Akaia Cameron, who added that her third-grader had a “great time” with dad last year.
According to the PTA president, the dance will be replaced by a March 2 event that will take all genders into consideration. We’re sure the name will just roll right off the tongue. “Father/Mother/Trans Caregiver & Daughter/Son/Daughter-Who-Became-a-Son/Gender-Noncomforming-Child Dance!”
Alas, who knew that these dances could be so emotional hurtful? Just listen to the NYDOE’s LGBT community liaison (because that needs to be a thing) Jared Fox, who says: “Father-daughter dances inherently leave people out. Not just because of transgender status, just life in general. These can be really uncomfortable and triggering events.”
Yes, but by that logic, nearly EVERYTHING humans congregate to celebrate is “uncomfortable and triggering” because someone is ALWAYS left out. Why do Major League Baseball games get to exclude all the people who love baseball but can’t swing a bat to save their lives? Why does the Army get to exclude that 450 lb. teenager who’s really, really good at Call of Duty? Because that’s just the way things are!
One elementary school canceling one dance certainly isn’t the end of the world, but we’ll be damned if it isn’t a symptom of something that might.