A New York private school issued a guide which suggests they should avoid words like “mom and dad” and “boys and girls”. It seeks to create a “inclusive” environment and anti-racist that makes all its students and workers feel like part of the community through language.
In a guide distributed to the parents of the Grace Church School, in Manhattan, asked his community to replace the use of “mom and dad” with “adults, people or family” or to use “people” instead of “boys and girls,” according to information from NBC.
“While we acknowledge hate speech promoting racism, misogyny, homophobia and other forms of discrimination are already addressed in our school manuals. We also recognize that we can do more than ban hate speech; we can use language to create welcoming spaces and inclusive , “the guide reads.
It also states that it is important not to make assumptions about who students live with and who their caregivers may be. Likewise, instead of saying “wife or husband” or “boyfriend or girlfriend” it is recommended to use the words “partner” or “special person” as an alternative, since family nuclei can be composed differently.
George Davison, the school’s principal, commented to NBC via email a few days ago, that the guide was published in September 2020. He pointed out that they are not banning certain words or phrases, but want to avoid assumptions being made.
“We have been trying to help families find the right words for years and this was designed as an aid to that process,” commented the mentor. He added that the spirit of the guide is “to give us all the words to use that bring people together.”
“This kind of inclusive language helps students with different family structures feel included, whether they have two mothers, a single father, or other primary caregivers,” said Mary Emily O’Hara, Rapid Response manager at GLAAD, a group LGBTQ advocacy. “And saying ‘people’ instead of ‘boys and girls’ also helps to eliminate unnecessary divisions based on gender.”
Questions and perceived outrage at the language guide circulated on Twitter, with Sean Hannity of Fox News tweeting: “Grace Church School in New York is asking students to use ‘inclusive language’ and avoid words like ‘mom’ or “dad”. What ?! “