Many parents are saying it is a case of political correctness gone mad.

A New York high school has postponed its annual father-daughter dance in a bid to be more inclusive, but parents and students are not impressed, shares Yahoo.

A decision was made to postpone the father-daughter dance at Staten Island Public School, just days ahead of the traditional event.

The school principal reportedly directed the Parent Teacher Association to reschedule the event because of the New York Department of Education’s gender-neutral policy.

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It claims the daddy-daughter event excluded other genders, and cited city policies forcing the tradition to be scrapped.

The updated policy was established a year ago, requiring future school events to end “gender based practices”, the New York Post reported.

The department’s spokeswoman Toya Holness told the newspaper schools “must ensure that such events are gender-neutral and open to all students and their person(s) in parental relation.”

Many parents are claiming the move is political correctness gone too far, while many girls have been left disappointed after spending months preparing their outfits for the dance.

One mother told the local TV station the dance was traditionally meant for dads and their daughters and that shouldn’t change.

The dance, reportedly rescheduled for March, will be open to students and caregivers, regardless of gender.

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  • Political correctness my foot. This is definitely going too far.


  • This is political correctness gone too far and whats more there is no reason that it should exclude the gay community. If a lesbian couple happen to have a daughter then the one that usually plays the more fatherly role could then step in and escort her to the dance, why not? It seems a shame to disappoint the kids like that.


  • Everybody just get up and dance.


  • I can see it from both points of view.


  • Let everybody dance .Get over it, build a bridge.


  • Just let everybody dance! Everybody needs to celebrate and enjoy family life and relationships should be celebrated and enjoyed. :)


  • Good! I’m totally with the school on this one. What’s with the drama? The dance hasn’t been cancelled, it’s being moved to another date, daughter’s can still dance with their fathers. This is not about political correctness. This is about inclusion. This isn’t the 1950’s where just about every child in school had a father. Today’s families are much more diverse –, single parents, two dads, two mums or mum and a dad. As for tradition, well it was once a tradition for marriage to be between a man and a women, thankfully we’ve progressed forward.


  • I’d like to know who the person was that created political correctness, cause I’d like to kick them in their political correctness. This has gone way too far. There is no balance.


  • If they have to be so politically correct have another one for the Mums/sons.


  • A father or father figure is so important. Let them dance !


  • It is very much an American tradition and possibly they do need to address this for all families and the different dynamics of families. Some daughters may not have a father figure present – maybe just have a dance with parents/carers. The dance event is the focus and not the gender.


  • I think it is a beautiful idea. I’m sure they could open it up to uncles and grandfathers if a child did not see their father.


  • Yes it is. Incredible what they are doing. It looks they want to wipe away a lot of sweet nice events.


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