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.I wonder what exactly did they find wrong with O Canada that, in their opinion, makes our national anthem not "inclusive" enough. Was that some hardcore atheist objecting to "God keep our land"? Or maybe, some radical feminist got all upset because O Canada mentions "sons" but not "daughters"? Or what else could they find that would lead to O Canada being banished from the classrooms?
"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."
Nearly all elementary students in the district sing the anthem every day. But that decision is up to each school.
For his school, Millett said this change was part of a package of reforms designed to make the school feel more inclusive and to allow the school to run more smoothly.
Originally there used to be four verses in O Canada. When O Canada was adopted as Canada's national anthem in 1980, it was reduced to just one verse. Later it became a tradition to sing O Canada half in English, half in French (even though the lyrics are not identical). Now, our kids are not going to get even that.
Unless we get them out of public schools. I'd rather see my children being raised "non-inclusive" than being ashamed of their homeland and its national anthem.