In My Opinion
Another Family Tradition Lost In Self-Absorbed America
The bell of the ball has dropped, and the dance is over for every father who would have liked to take his daughter to the father-daughter dances in Cranston, Rhode Island. And to be fair to the mothers and sons, their baseball event has also been banned. Why? The reason is simple. These events are a violation of the state's gender discrimination law, and because the officials ruling on these matters are skewed, both events have been canceled.
Here is what one involved party had to say; "Not every girl today is interested in growing up to be Cinderella — not even in Cranston," Brown said in a statement after the ruling to end the long standing traditions. "In fact, one of them might make a great major league baseball player someday."
My reply to this statement is then why don't we call off everything that isn’t fair. We shouldn’t neglect anyone, right? There should also be no separate areas for students to shower or change for gym, as going to gym class is an event. I would also like to further my crusade to not have separate team sports for males and females because it is called a sporting event. They need to be mixed genders. I could go on and on.
All of this comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by a single mother because her child doesn't have a father to take her to the dance. If my child can’t come, then I believe that no one should be able to enjoy the event? The fact that the student couldn’t attend is a parent/child issue, not school created. It's as if the mother's argument is that it isn’t my fault my child doesn’t have a father or mother to take to the event. I couldn’t possibly find someone in the family to participate or better yet go with them myself! Come on.
I was raised for the majority of my life by a single mother, and guess what, she went to activities. I even remember my father took me on Girl Scout outings. How about that. The parent could take their kid? That would be too easy. It is better that we just complain and cancel a tradition for everyone.
I just want to know what that teaches a child. I am appalled by the School Board's immediate cancellation of traditions that have become part of a community. Instead, we need to encourage our students’ parents to be involved in their life. We need to embrace families. We do not need to bend toward a squeaky wheel or the ACLU that should work on real issues.
Do we not have better things to focus our time and energy on, rather than ending time honored traditions? I am sure Rhode Island has more pressing laws that are being “broken” to attend to. Or how about looking for ways to increase their employment rate.
The world isn’t fair. The “playing field” is evened out by coming up with solutions, and often dancing to the beat of a different drummer.