In the latest episode of political correctness, a Melbourne primary school has tried to ban Mother’s Day in the name of “diversity”. The move was shot down this week when a concerned parent called in to make a complaint – and the parent was none other than Bill Shorten.
As reported in The Australian, Mooney Ponds West Primary School attempted to cull its annual Mother’s Day stall before parents lashed out. Principal Jeff Lyon told parents this week that the stall would be replaced by a celebration of the International Day of Families.
“I believe celebrating International Day of Families is a more inclusive way of celebrating the richness, diversity and complexity of living and loving as a family in the modern world,” Mr Lyon wrote.
“The day highlights the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings and the importance of parental education for the welfare of children.”
Such a move to enforce political correctness is unsurprising from an educational institution. Many universities, including Ivy League institutions in the US, have implemented more bizarre policies. At some of these schools, women’s hygiene products are even stocked in the men’s bathrooms to cater to transgender “men”.
In a move quite unusual for a member of the diversity brigade, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten called the school to complain. He reported soon after that the move had been reversed:
“I’ve spoken to the principal this evening and I understand there will be a Mother’s Day stall.”
One parent, Samantha Hanna, said the move was a shock to the system.
“I remember as a kid lining up and agonising over whether to get mum the soap on the rope or the scented candle, and now I love getting these little gifts ... from my own kids,” Ms Hanna said.
“I know that there are some single parent families at the school, and for those mums this is probably the only gift they will get from their children. I understand that some don’t have mums around but it is a good time to think about the importance of mums and dads and the role they play in our lives. I’m glad to hear it’s been reinstated.”
James Merlino, the Victorian Minister for Education, spoke out against the move.
“While these are local decisions, I would have thought Mother’s Day was a great opportunity to celebrate not just mums but other carers and family members,” he said. “I know I will be spoiling my mother this Mother’s Day.”
But should we really be surprised? The Victorian government has been at the forefront of “diversity” policies in that state, including the push to have gender ideology taught in all schools.
Opposition spokesman for education Nick Wakeling called out the Andrews government for its attempt to distort Mother’s Day for the sake of “political correctness”:
“Mother’s Day is about celebrating the maternal figures in our lives, whether it is mum, grandma, an aunt or a female mentor, and honouring their contribution as women in society,” he said. “If it’s not banning the signing of traditional Christmas carols or reading classical fairy tales, (Premier) Daniel Andrews’ attack on our cultural traditions continues.”
Political correctness is stifling debate in this country and putting pressure on citizens to conform to a radical agenda. As the incident at Mooney Ponds West Primary School shows, educational institutions are pushing a socio-political agenda on some of the most vulnerable in our society: children.
If this display of radical political correctness was enough to make even Bill Shorten squirm, clearly it was a step too far.
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