Manhattan Private School Distributes ‘Inclusive Language’ Guide, Warns Against Using ‘Mom and Dad’

A Manhattan based school that charges parents $57,000 a year, has offered a 12-page guide to staff, students and parents that encourages them to stop using ‘mom’ and ‘dad’.

Grace Church school issued its ‘inclusion glossary’ for 2021 which it claims will “remove harmful assumptions from the way we interact with each other.”

Instead of using the terms  “mom” and “dad,” the guide recommends “grown-ups,” “folks,” “family,” or “guardians.” It also suggests using “caregiver” instead of “nanny/babysitter.”

The Episcopal school offers instruction for junior kindergarten through 12th grade, according to its website.

“Families are formed and structured in many ways. At Grace Church School, we use inclusive language that reflects this diversity. It’s important to refrain from making assumptions about who kids live with, who cares for them, whether they sleep in the same place every night, whether they see their parents, etc.,” the guide reads.

In a statement reported by City Journal, the school appeared to defend the guide.

“Grace is an Episcopal school. As part of our Episcopal identity, we recognize the dignity and worth common to humanity,” said Rev. Robert M. Pennoyer II, the assistant head of school. He also said the guide comes from “our desire to promote a sense of belonging for all of our students.”

 

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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