The usual term has been replaced by that of “grown-ups” in order to avoid discriminating against so-called “non-traditional” families. According to parents at the four primary schools affected by the terminology change, children are now confused about the move.
St Luke’s Primary School in Brighton says on its website: “We have an equality language code for staff, for example, to value all families, we never refer to mums and dads and instead speak adults.”
Elm Grove Elementary School maintains in its equality statement, “We try to talk about our adults rather than our moms and dads to recognize the different family groups in which our students live.”
The same guidelines have been implemented at Carlton Hill Primary School.
In a statement, he echoed the worlds of Elm Grove.
A parent expressed frustration with the move.
They said, “It’s very confusing for us adults, let alone children.
“They just don’t understand why teachers can’t call their moms or dads, mom or dad?”
Speaking to the Mail, the parent added: ‘I know schools try to take into account the different types of families pupils may come from but the majority have a mum or dad whether they are together or not. .
“So why can’t the staff make it simple for the kids and call their parents what they are; mom or dad?
Another said: ‘In trying to be more inclusive schools are forgetting mum and dad, the most important people in a child’s life.
“This is all madness, where will it end?”
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The school’s move has now created a dilemma with Brighton and Hove Council.
The local authority insisted it had no say in the changes and claimed schools were free to choose their own route.
He said in a statement: ‘Our advice to schools is, of course, to use words such as mum, dad or grandma if staff are aware of a child’s home situation.
“But we have a very diverse school population and we want everyone in the school community to feel included.
“In cases where a child’s family is unknown, the term adult or adults may include, for example, grandparents, foster families, families with same-sex parents and single-parent families.
“Schools make their own decisions about their equality policies.”
The phenomenon has spread throughout the country.
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A primary school in Birmingham has given children the ability to monitor their classrooms and playgrounds with a system similar to football’s yellow and red cards.
If a teacher misspoke, students were armed with brightly colored posters to hold up in class, highlighting the particular speech crime committed.
In this way, they shame the teacher and force him to apologize, while alerting the other students to the incident, and earn praise for their knowledge and effort.