Multiple Melbourne schools have been called to stop saying "mom" or "dad" to be more "gender inclusive"...
And it's certainly caused a divide in opinion online.
Here's the full story.
Now, the world has progressed a lot over the last few years in terms of inclusivity.
But despite a huge shift in language, there's still a lot of work left to be done.
We may be unable to change history, even though a lot of us would like to...
I'm all for equality but the idea that we should make Santa gender neutral or female is ridiculous! You cannot cha… https://t.co/RIiLMxwfne— Jane Dickinson (@Jane Dickinson)1544687630.0
But that doesn't mean we cannot be progressive and respectful moving forward.
More and more people are now making a conscious effort to include gender-neutral pronouns in day-to-day life...
And it's safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community is now bigger than ever.
So much so, that the United Nations shared this important tweet last year.
What you say matters. Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you're unsure about someo… https://t.co/y27Dwa1Jjq— United Nations (@United Nations)1589796180.0
"Chair" instead of "Chairman," "Police Officer" instead of "Police Man," and "Spouse" instead of "Husband/Wife."
And now, the words "mom" and "dad" are being urged to fall from certain schools' language guides...
In order to promote "gender inclusivity."
A huge divide in opinion has been caused by this move...
With many parents expressing their outrage over the nouns potentially no longer being used in schools.
But some feel it's appropriate for certain children in classrooms...
Including those who - sadly - don't have moms or dads.
Multiple schools in Melbourne, Australia, are being urged to use gender-neutral pronouns and scrap "mum and dad" in favor of "parent" as part of a campaign to improve inclusivity for LGBTQI+ students.
According to the Daily Mail, unisex bathrooms, non-gendered sporting teams, and the flying of rainbow flags have also been recommended to improve inclusivity.
Some schools are even being encouraged to stop teachers and pupils from using words including mom, dad, and boyfriend in a controversial bid to banish gendered words.
Instead, "parent" and "partner" is preferred.
The suggestions come as the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network launched its #SpeakingUpSpeaksVolumes campaign to support LGBTQI+ students in schools.
When Colin, a school vice principal, spoke up for one of his students, it changed her life.— NW Melbourne PHN (@NWMelbPHN) March 12, 2021
Can you be a better ally for LGBITQ+ people in your home, school or workplace?
Find out how you can speak up: https://t.co/PbStP1PZou#SpeakingUpSpeaksVolumes 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ pic.twitter.com/09prXQ50uP
The campaign used material from Proud2Play and VicHealth which included strategies for schools and sports - including non-gendered teams and the use of rainbow flags.
Parents were also being asked to question others about what pronouns they used.
In a statement on Monday, the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network said the campaign was not about mandating the use of pronouns or terms like mom and dad.
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network wishes to respond to some media reports running at present surrounding the #SpeakingUpSpeaksVolumes campaign and the use of pronouns, or terms like ‘mum and dad’.— NW Melbourne PHN (@NWMelbPHN) April 12, 2021
Read the statement: https://t.co/gHzTC4QXSE#SpeakingUpSpeaksVolumes
"To be very clear, the #speakingupspeaksvolumes campaign....is focused on addressing the very serious impacts that bullying and discrimination has on LGBTIQ+ people, children, and young people in particular," it said.
What do you think?
Do you think this is a good initiative? Or do you think it's totally inappropriate for the classroom?