Did anyone else see this in the newspaper today:
Read this quote from the newsletter that was sent home with the children: “There will be prizes for the best students dressed as a person with a disability. Get your thinking hats on and see what disability you can represent!”
The fundraising day is well meaning (raising funds for cleft palate operations in Bangladesh) and I am sure no offence was intended, but it makes me a bit sad that not just one person but a student representative council (which I imagine probably involves teachers, students and parents) decided it was a good idea.
According to the article, they later sent clarification to the parents to say the idea “had been for students to come in with a bandaged arm or leg” which somehow makes it worse rather than better.
Is that what constitutes a disability?
Well, it’s definitely not the crime of the decade, and I can see all the good intentions behind it, but I still wish a little more thought had gone into it.
I do hope they raise the money for their good cause though.