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(Opposing Views)   Story: Parents outraged that school has replaced "Mother's Day" and "Father's Day" with "Family Day". Real story: Summer vacation hasn't started yet?   (opposingviews.com) divider line 50
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2013-06-17 08:47:23 AM  
In other news, "Opposing Views" remains an utterly worthless waste of web space whose only purpose appears to be cobbling together content from other sites, half-heartedly citing what they steal, and then spamming their shiat across the web.
 
2013-06-17 08:54:32 AM  
don't teh ghey get a whole month or some shiat?
give me one damn day!

/ this is an outrage jpg!
 
2013-06-17 08:58:05 AM  
Some kids don't have mothers. Some don't have fathers. Some have neither.

It's pretty callous of those complaining parents to act like this in light of the fact that some kids are really traumatized by these "holidays".
 
2013-06-17 09:00:20 AM  
Every single person who had the time to get even mildly annoyed about this is a terrible parent.

No, seriously. If you have the time to make it known that you're annoyed about this, you had the time to do something more useful and you didn't. You're a shiat parent and you should lose your kids.

/ maybe just stop with the stupid semi-ceremonial bullshiat altogether and try doing some learning instead?
 
2013-06-17 09:04:55 AM  
FTA "Heather Bruce is a single mother whose 11-year-old son attends Astral Drive. She said she depends on the school to inform her son when Mother's Day is."

Well..there's your problem, your kid can't handle a calendar.  YOU as a parent are responsible for teaching your kids what is important in your family situation.  Reading, writing, arithmetic are what the school does
 
2013-06-17 09:05:37 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Some kids don't have mothers. Some don't have fathers. Some have neither.

It's pretty callous of those complaining parents to act like this in light of the fact that some kids are really traumatized by these "holidays".


Every Mothers' Day, dads get some reflected love, and every Fathers' Day, moms gets lots of reflected love. The only people who would be pissed about combining the holidays are the greeting-card people who dreamt them up in the first place.

// but we should still have 2 of them
 
2013-06-17 09:06:02 AM  
Both of those holidays fall on a Sunday. Neither is an official holiday. How about celebrating "do your farkin' schoolwork" day, and call it even?
 
2013-06-17 09:09:40 AM  
My Websense just blocked a pop-up virus from that site.
 
2013-06-17 09:19:21 AM  
These lib activists do NOT have the right to redefine traditional Hallmark holidays!
 
2013-06-17 09:21:30 AM  
I love when someone shouting, "You should be mad about this!" backfires and you hate them instead.
 
2013-06-17 09:28:17 AM  
Every day is family day. Now stop whining and keep your crotch fruit from murdering everyone
 
2013-06-17 09:36:15 AM  
Can we just ban these stupid holidays? I'm sick of the forced togetherness. Fourth of July is ok. Suck it foreigners!
 
2013-06-17 09:43:50 AM  
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2013-06-17 09:48:14 AM  
NEWSFLASH: Parents die.

Learn to deal with life events.
 
2013-06-17 09:50:12 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Some kids don't have mothers. Some don't have fathers. Some have neither.

It's pretty callous of those complaining parents to act like this in light of the fact that some kids are really traumatized by these "holidays".


My SO lost her father to cancer last year (few weeks before Father's Day). This year, she got spammed with Father's Day emails, saw reminders on every TV show and radio station she was tuned into, saw giant signs in every store, and had leaflets about Father's Day sales tucked into her mailbox for about two straight weeks.

fark this holiday. It's the same corporate nonsense as every other holiday, except this one is targeted at a family member that many people do not have.

/To be fair, she handled it all like a champ, even when it was plainly obvious that stuff was bothering her.
 
2013-06-17 09:54:21 AM  
This is bullshiat because who the fark are you supposed to buy a gift for? Everyone in the family, including kids? Fark that
 
2013-06-17 10:01:32 AM  
They just need to add some more holidays in order to make everyone happy:

"Mommy Makes Bad Choices Day"
"You Were a Mistake Day"
"Your Mother is Really Your Grandma Day"
"XBox, TV, or Whatever the Hell is Actually 'Parenting' You Day"

/everyone wins!
 
2013-06-17 10:02:29 AM  
To me, both holidays are like Valentines day to me:

Why in the HELL do we need special holidays to show love and appreciation to those that are special in our lives?

I have no issue with the holidays and as far as I'm concerned the school is in the right here, but still...why designate specific days for something we should be doing EVERY day.

fark the greeting card industry for pushing this shiat!
 
2013-06-17 10:14:11 AM  
Don't mess with Father's day.

/happy proud dad
//don't mess with Mother's Day either
///fearful husband
////just kidding
//slashies are great
 
2013-06-17 10:14:51 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Some kids don't have mothers. Some don't have fathers. Some have neither.

It's pretty callous of those complaining parents to act like this in light of the fact that some kids are really traumatized by these "holidays".


If these precious snowflakes can't handle a holiday without being traumatized life is going to chew them up and spit them out.  No wonder why the suicide rate is going up....
 
2013-06-17 10:16:14 AM  
What about the Wookies' life day?
 
2013-06-17 10:17:48 AM  
I don't get why one couple complaining gets two holidays turned into one to fit their needs, but 400 people complaining gets a we will look at it and get back to you later.
In my kid's school they did donuts with dad and tea with mom. Both events were explained to the kids as dad,mom, or any person you love and want to invite. At the tea I was the minority by being mom. There were a lot of grandmas, aunts, and a few dads. Guess what else there were? Happy kids. No one seemed emotionally destroyed by the tea party. They were just happy to have a grown up they loved at their class for a party.
 
2013-06-17 10:24:03 AM  

mafiageek1980: To me, both holidays are like Valentines day to me:

Why in the HELL do we need special holidays to show love and appreciation to those that are special in our lives?

I have no issue with the holidays and as far as I'm concerned the school is in the right here, but still...why designate specific days for something we should be doing EVERY day.

fark the greeting card industry for pushing this shiat!


Every other sentence in your post would indicate that you have huge issues with holidays.
 
2013-06-17 10:25:36 AM  
I guess I just don't understand the problem. School projects and involvement for Mother's Day and Father's Day have been around forever. There is also Grandparent's Day, which is less celebrated, but it exists. So, some kids may not have a mother, or a father, or is being raised by 2 mother's or 2 father's, or is in foster care, or what? Why should it be "Family Day". In the case of foster's some of them don't have a family.

If a teacher has a child in their class that has a parent/parents/guardian other than their mother or father it should be the responsibility of the teacher to assist them with making a card/project/plant that reflects who they live with. No sense re-naming real days.

Can't someone find another celebration day to worry about, I've been pleading a case against Columbus Day for Years.

Confederate Memorial Day, Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, Pet Theft Awareness Day, National Duran Duran Appreciation Day...

Pick, there's lots!
 
2013-06-17 10:25:46 AM  
Whar Everybody is special day! WHAR!

Really, why have any holidays at all? We need an Everybody is special day, where we can celebrate anything we want. Ditch the rest of them. One holiday a year is enough. Or make all holidays "Everybody is special day".

/sarcasm off

Quit trying to make everything politically correct.

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2013-06-17 10:25:48 AM  
In Canada, school normally goes to the end of Jun and starts after Labour Day.

Since I've moved to the US, I've lost track of how many times I've started a sentence with "In Canada, ..."
 
2013-06-17 10:28:53 AM  
Let me guess... somehow the "gay agenda" is involved?
 
2013-06-17 10:33:11 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Some kids don't have mothers. Some don't have fathers. Some have neither.

It's pretty callous of those complaining parents to act like this in light of the fact that some kids are really traumatized by these "holidays".


I really hope you're trolling.
 
2013-06-17 10:46:13 AM  
It's kind of stupid even if you buy the argument that kids without a father or mother feel shiatty on those days it's not like they aren't going to know that they exist. Even if you don't let your kid listen to the radio, go online, see stores with giant banners, watch TV or anything else they still go to school with a bunch of kids who do and will tell them about it.

It's not really worth getting upset about either despite our best efforts to screw them up each generation actually seems better adjusted and smarter than the last one.  I don't think that fathers day or mothers day are going to change this trend.
 
2013-06-17 11:10:32 AM  
I know a little girl whose parents died suddenly last month. She's now being raised by grandparents. I think Family Day is a fine idea and kids can say thanks to whatever family they happen to have. It would suck to have a class activity where other kids notice you don't have a mom or a dad, but if it's for any family, no kids will be left out.
 
2013-06-17 11:11:53 AM  
We have family day in Canada.  Mind you I it's just a made up holiday that helps bridge the gap between New Years and Easter.
 
2013-06-17 11:14:29 AM  
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2013-06-17 11:33:00 AM  
Subby must not be from northeastern New Jersey -- it would be another week from now before we get summer vacation
 
2013-06-17 11:53:38 AM  
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Lesbian Day?
 
2013-06-17 12:09:16 PM  

MagSeven: mafiageek1980: To me, both holidays are like Valentines day to me:

Why in the HELL do we need special holidays to show love and appreciation to those that are special in our lives?

I have no issue with the holidays and as far as I'm concerned the school is in the right here, but still...why designate specific days for something we should be doing EVERY day.

fark the greeting card industry for pushing this shiat!

Every other sentence in your post would indicate that you have huge issues with holidays.


you got me, I admit it. I should have phrased it better as "I have no problem with the way the school is going about this". If you are going to have holidays, make them all-inclusive. But IHMO and if it were up to me (and a lot of others) we wouldn't have the holidays period because there is no need. But, since we do, I side with the school on this.
 
2013-06-17 12:42:15 PM  

Peit: I know a little girl whose parents died suddenly last month. She's now being raised by grandparents. I think Family Day is a fine idea and kids can say thanks to whatever family they happen to have. It would suck to have a class activity where other kids notice you don't have a mom or a dad, but if it's for any family, no kids will be left out.


Her grandfather is a dad, isn't he?  She could celebrate with him and also honor the memory of her deceased dad.

No one's saying that you're only allowed to honor your biological parents.  You can also celebrate grandparents, uncles, siblings and friends that have kids, and adoptive fathers and mentors.

/I usually send a card to my surviving grandfather.
//Poor kid.  I do sympathize with her: she's going through a rough time.  I wish her well in her grieving process, and I'm glad that she has her grandparents and other people in her life (like you) to help her heal.
 
2013-06-17 01:05:15 PM  
What if the parent is Tri Transgender, Bi Lesbian, Biracial, Neosexual Transplant.

They should all be replaced with Spieces Day!!
 
2013-06-17 01:33:30 PM  
Gen X here...this new trend of shielding the younger generations from anything and everything that might possibly be uncomfortable, awkward or disappointing may not end well. As adults, they will be rolling over for anything that challenges them because they won't have coping skills.

How about an "It Only Gets Worse Day"?
 
2013-06-17 01:52:47 PM  
 
2013-06-17 02:00:10 PM  

bobrktb: What if the parent is Tri Transgender, Bi Lesbian, Biracial, Neosexual Transplant.

They should all be replaced with Spieces Day!!


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2013-06-17 02:02:10 PM  
I attended a Father's Day lunch at my granddaughter's day care. Of 12 kids in her class, I was the only "dad" there (well, her bio-dad did show up . . . much later) and the other 11kids (age 3-4) were visibly upset that they did not have a "dad". The teacher told me that most of the kids in the class were from single-parent homes being raised by mom. My granddaughter was glad to share me with her classmates, but it's not quite the same for them.

So I can see the appeal of "Family Day" and don't understand all the butthurt from the outraged parents unless, of course, they are just asshats.
 
2013-06-17 02:28:59 PM  

Callous: bobrktb: What if the parent is Tri Transgender, Bi Lesbian, Biracial, Neosexual Transplant.

They should all be replaced with Spieces Day!!

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Jerk. People like you are what's wrong with this country.

/Transgender
 
2013-06-17 02:46:23 PM  
If there is an opportunity for gay people to piss off straight people, they'll do it.
 
2013-06-17 03:07:43 PM  

Witness99: Gen X here...this new trend of shielding the younger generations from anything and everything that might possibly be uncomfortable, awkward or disappointing may not end well. As adults, they will be rolling over for anything that challenges them because they won't have coping skills.
How about an "It Only Gets Worse Day"?


Father's Day and Mother's Day aren't sacred. Really this isn't much different on the give-a-fark o' meter than changing Meatloaf Monday to Sloppy Joe Monday.
 
2013-06-17 04:08:45 PM  
We need to have  Born With A Penis Day  and   Born With A Vagina Day.
 
2013-06-17 05:45:01 PM  

mafiageek1980: Callous: bobrktb: What if the parent is Tri Transgender, Bi Lesbian, Biracial, Neosexual Transplant.

They should all be replaced with Spieces Day!!

[southparkstudios.mtvnimages.com image 400x300]

Jerk. People like you are what's wrong with this country.

/Transgender


Actually it's the other people that are wrong with this country. Heaven forbid we ban certainly holidays so that we don't hurt the feelings of some fatherless snowflake. Maybe we can ban Christmas and Easter since they offend non-Christians. Then we can ban Halloween because it offends Christians. Then we can ban Valentine's Day because it offends single people. But let's not stop there! Let's also ban Arbor Day because it offends people who aren't hippies. Then ban St. Patty's Day because it offends the non-Irish and/or non-alcoholics. Oh and let's also ban Independence Day lest it offend people who are still loyal to the crown.

/get over yourselves
 
2013-06-17 05:48:52 PM  

Coolfusis: AverageAmericanGuy: Some kids don't have mothers. Some don't have fathers. Some have neither.

It's pretty callous of those complaining parents to act like this in light of the fact that some kids are really traumatized by these "holidays".

My SO lost her father to cancer last year (few weeks before Father's Day). This year, she got spammed with Father's Day emails, saw reminders on every TV show and radio station she was tuned into, saw giant signs in every store, and had leaflets about Father's Day sales tucked into her mailbox for about two straight weeks.

fark this holiday. It's the same corporate nonsense as every other holiday, except this one is targeted at a family member that many people do not have.

/To be fair, she handled it all like a champ, even when it was plainly obvious that stuff was bothering her.


My dad died 3 years ago. Get this: Ancestry.com, which knows that my father is deceased because I put it in their farking website, spammed the shiat out of me trying to get me to buy my dad a membership.
 
2013-06-17 06:15:53 PM  

TerminalEchoes: mafiageek1980: Callous: bobrktb: What if the parent is Tri Transgender, Bi Lesbian, Biracial, Neosexual Transplant.

They should all be replaced with Spieces Day!!

[southparkstudios.mtvnimages.com image 400x300]

Jerk. People like you are what's wrong with this country.

/Transgender

Actually it's the other people that are wrong with this country. Heaven forbid we ban certainly holidays so that we don't hurt the feelings of some fatherless snowflake. Maybe we can ban Christmas and Easter since they offend non-Christians. Then we can ban Halloween because it offends Christians. Then we can ban Valentine's Day because it offends single people. But let's not stop there! Let's also ban Arbor Day because it offends people who aren't hippies. Then ban St. Patty's Day because it offends the non-Irish and/or non-alcoholics. Oh and let's also ban Independence Day lest it offend people who are still loyal to the crown.

/get over yourselves


I will "get over myself" when we are recognized as equal human beings instead of second class citizens.  I am so sick of  the transphobia and homophobia in this country and being told to "just get over it" when we are constantly bashed in public. So yeah, I have my Undies in a wad over pictures like the one posted and being refered to a "species" instead human. Forgive me if I get just a wee bit biatchy about it

Have the holidays, fine. But people need to realize that everyone is not a "cookie cutter model of what THEY think america SHOULD be"  and start being a bit more inclusive of others who DONT have moms, dads, or two moms, two dads, etc. If you are gonna have the damn holidays, make sure EVERYONE is included. Just saying. Is that asking for too much?
 
2013-06-17 07:59:45 PM  

mbillips: Both of those holidays fall on a Sunday. Neither is an official holiday. How about celebrating "do your farkin' schoolwork" day, and call it even?


Woodrow Wilson signed Mother's Day into being an official holiday in 1914 and Richard Nixon made Father's Day an official holiday in 1972.  So yes they are 'official' holidays.  Also the combining both parents into the same day was tried long before 1972.  Evidently parents need some separation.

ZeroCorpse: We need to have  Born With A Penis Day  and   Born With A Vagina Day.


Then you would be pissing off the transgender folks.
 
2013-06-18 02:11:28 AM  

take_flight: If a teacher has a child in their class that has a parent/parents/guardian other than their mother or father it should be the responsibility of the teacher to assist them with making a card/project/plant that reflects who they live with. No sense re-naming real days.


Right,there's no sense at all in naming the third Sunday in June "Father's Day"
 
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