Normally, it’s only kids who think parents are lame. But now, those kids are getting support from adults who are paid to teach them.
As relayed by the New York Post, Grace Church School in Manhattan has released a 12-page guide to encourage its staff to stop using words such as “mom” and “dad” and “parents,” because those words make assumptions about kids’ home lives.
“The detailed guide recommends using the terms ‘grown-ups,’ ‘folks,’ ‘family’ or ‘guardians’ as alternatives to ‘mom,’ ‘dad’ and ‘parents,'” the Post reported. “It also suggests using ‘caregiver’ instead of ‘nanny/babysitter.'”
It is true that some kids are raised by their grandparents. Or maybe they are raised by an aunt. Or maybe by wolves. But those situations are extremely rare, even in this day of sky-high divorce rates.
Also, doesn’t “folks” basically mean the same thing as “parents”? Not according to Grace Church School.
“Families are formed and structured in many ways,” the guide read. “At Grace Church School, we use inclusive language that reflects this diversity. It’s important to refrain from making assumptions about who kids live with, who cares for them, whether they sleep in the same place every night, whether they see their parents, etc.”
The City Journal dove more deeply into the topic of some of these bizarre edicts from educators in a story titled, “The Miseducation of America’s Elites.” It even managed to get a quote from Grace Church School, defending its non-parent decision by saying it is just trying to promote “a sense of belonging” for all of the students. Grace Church School is a K-12 school.
“Grace is an Episcopal school. As part of our Episcopal identity, we recognize the dignity and worth common to humanity,” the Rev. Robert Pennoyer, assistant head of school, said in a statement to City Journal.
Has the world gone mad? That may be a question best discussed at home, with mom and dad … uh, sorry. We mean with your “folks.”
You can check out the GCS Inclusive Language guide in its entirety right here.