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Friday, January 30, 2009

Sensitivity 101 for a Friday

There are Canadian loons in places other than on their money:
Where else but Canada would it be considered "inclusive" to ban the national anthem?

The CBC reports that a school in New Brunswick no longer requires students to sing the anthem every day, in order not to upset some parents who might not like it:

Erik Millett, the school's principal, said he made the decision partly to accommodate parents who didn't want their children taking part in the daily anthem. He would not say why the parents didn't want their kids taking part, citing privacy reasons.

"We try to balance the needs of every student, and we want every student to feel welcome in our school," Millett said.

"If we need to make some accommodations or exceptions, then we'll try to put those in place regardless of what the issue is."

That's right: in Canada it's imperative to accommodate everyone, no matter what their request might be. And it's more important to respect their "privacy" than to explain why they might object. Because it's just a country; it's not like it's important or anything.

Unfortunately, that same idea probably appeals to many on this side of the border as well.

From the National Post.

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