School Bans Students from Using the Terms 'Mom' and 'Dad' | 22 Words

Societies across the globe are doing their best to make their homes more inclusive by implementing gender-neutral terms.

And now, one school has introduced an "Inclusive Language Guide" banning students from using the terms "mom" and "dad."

But that's far from all. Keep scrolling for the low-down...

Now, the world has progressed a lot over the last few years in terms of inclusivity.

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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.

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.

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And it's safe to say that the LGBTQ+ community is now bigger than ever and if they think this will help us to achieve equality, then we should respect that.

So much so, that the United Nations shared this important tweet.

They wrote: "What you say matters. Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you're unsure about someone's gender or are referring to a group," along with a list of appropriate gender-neutral language to use.

For instance...

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"Chair" instead of "Chairman," "Police Officer" instead of "Police Man," and "Spouse" instead of "Husband/Wife."

And one school in Manhattan is following as they recently decided to issue a glossary of terms they claim will make the facility a more "inclusive" place.


But the idea has not gone down well online...

Grace Church School, costing fifty-seven thousand dollars per year, has offered staff, students and parents a twelve page guide that encourages them to stop using terms like "mom" and "dad" and wish anyone a "Merry Christmas" - or even a "Happy Holidays."

As well as encouraging them to stop asking classmates where they may have gone on vacation.

The "inclusive language guide" claims will "remove harmful assumptions from the way we interact with each other."

The guide reads: "While we recognize hateful language that promotes racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination are already addressed in our school handbooks, we also recognize that we can do more than ban hateful language; we can use language to create welcoming and inclusive spaces. This guide addresses ways we can remove harmful assumptions from the way we interact with each other."

"We know this guide is not exhaustive, and language is constantly evolving. Polite and thoughtful questions are typically the best way to get accurate information rather than basing decisions on assumptions," it continues.

"Be aware that people may not always welcome questions, and they are not obligated to respond."

As per the Daily Mail, Rev. Robert M. Pennoyer II, the assistant head of school, City Journal in a statement said that the decision was made to introduce the glossary as Grace is an Episcopal school.

"As part of our Episcopal identity, we recognize the dignity and worth common to humanity," he said.

The guide covers the language used for topics such as: gender, families, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, religion, disability, and socioeconomics.

It encourage that words like "boy," "girl," and "ladies and gentlemen" are switched for words like "people," "folks," and "friends."

Rather than "Mom" and "dad," they should use words like "grown-ups," "folks," "family" or "guardian."

It also warns to "be mindful of the language we use in order to avoid making assumptions about people as we engage in conversation that touches on religion."

Following school holidays, pupils are cautioned against presuming that a person was able to take a vacation.

They are instead encouraged to ask what a person learnt during their holidays.

The school also has a list of out-dated terms that should be avoided which includes "real" parents, sexual preference, and homosexual.

Concluding with a section that explains newer terms such as micro-aggression and affinity groups.

The Grace Church School describes itself as an institution that "aims to establish in its students firmly rooted confidence in themselves and their abilities."

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