So long to those dad-daughter dances, at least in one Rhode Island school district.
Earlier this week, media outlets like The Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times reported on the Cranston (R.I.) Public Schools District deciding to do away with father-daughter dances and mother-son ballgames.
The district acted after a single mother said her daughter was prevented from attending a father-daughter dance.
The American Civil Liberties Union got involved, arguing that such events violate Rhode Island's gender discrimination law, according to the LA Times.
And the ACLU got snarky in its official comments:
This type of gender stereotyping only perpetuates outdated notions of 'girl' and 'boy' activities and is contrary to federal law.
"[Parent-teacher organizations] remain free to hold family dances and other events, but the time has long since passed for public school resources to encourage stereotyping from the days of Ozzie and Harriet. Not every girl today is interested in growing up to be Cinderella -- not even in Cranston. In fact, one of them might make a great major league baseball player someday."
The district acted several months ago; the story got media attention this week when a political candidate said he would try to change the policy back if elected to the state Senate.
Should schools continue these kinds of dad-daughter and mother-son events? Or have they been overtaken by the variety of families kids come from? Do they enforce stereotypes you'd rather not see?