'French schools are to replace the words “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” under an amendment to a law passed this week.
Supporters of the change say it will stop discrimination against same sex parents but critics argue it “dehumanises” parenthood, is “ugly” and could lead to rows over who gets to be “parent 1”.
The amendment was passed by MPs on Tuesday night as part of a wider so-called law to build “a school of trust”, which among other things also makes attendance compulsory for all three-year-olds.
“This amendment aims to root in law children’s family diversity in administrative forms submitted in school,” said Valérie Petit, MP for the majority REM party of President Emmanuel Macron. Ms Petit, from the Nord department, said that the words mother and father, on all school documents such as pertaining to the canteen or authorising children to go on excursions, no longer took into account the recently-passed gay marriage law, nor the existence of same sex parents.
She added: “We have families who find themselves faced with tick boxes stuck in rather old-fashioned social and family models. For us, this article is a measurement of social equality.”
Socialist MP Joaquim Pueyot also praised the reform as “a question of respect and dignity”. “You cannot imagine the consequences when children don’t feel treated like the others,” he said.
FCPE, France’s biggest parent’s federation, called “a very good thing”. “It echos the (recent) law on fighting harassment because often situations of child harassment target kids who don’t fit the current criteria.”
But the move angered the mainstream conservative Republicans, or LR, party and the far-Right.'
Read more: Schools in France to replace 'mother and father' with 'parent 1 and 2' under controversial same sex amendment
Did you like this article?
Thank you for your vote!
18 May 2019
Mobiles must be banned in all schools, urge top head teachers: Open letter calls for nationwide 'phone-free' policy to end their 'disruptive' influence
17 May 2019
Protests against LGBT lessons spread across the UK as Christians join conservative Muslims in writing to schools to demand an end to syllabus
10 May 2019
School playtime is becoming a thing of the past for a generation of children, new report finds
From our advertisers
8 hours ago
Microsoft’s ElectionGuard a Trojan Horse for a Military-Industrial Takeover of US Elections
From our advertisers