The Boyd sisters have been raised singing the national anthem every day, but a New Brunswick school has silenced their morning ritual.
These days, the only time Julia Boyd, 11, gets to belt out the anthem’s lyrics is at monthly school assemblies, other special occasions or at home with her older sister Kara. That’s because singing O Canada is no longer a daily morning event at Belleisle Elementary. The school’s principal has dropped it in response to concerns from other parents.
“It makes me sad, upset,” Julia said. “I didn’t feel very good about it.”
The change started more than a year ago, but their mother said she didn’t find out until Julia started forgetting some of the lyrics…
Erik Millett, principal of Belleisle Elementary School, said some parents complained about the singing of O Canada each day. The anthem is no longer a daily ritual, but he said perhaps the education minister should decide on a provincial solution. Erik Millett, principal of Belleisle Elementary School, said some parents complained about the singing of O Canada each day. The anthem is no longer a daily ritual, but he said perhaps the education minister should decide on a provincial solution.
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.
Weird. I feel strongly about individual rights to choose – and all the way back to my own high school daze I refused to take part in school prayers when they were introduced. But, I never tried to force other students to do anything other than make up their own minds.
The same has always been true of archaic crap [to me] like national anthems. I wouldn’t ban their singing. Though I’d fight to the death for someone’s right not to participate. There has to be more to this story and I’d bet dollars to doughnuts there’s a religious kicker to the tale.
UPDATE: The principal’s decision has been reversed by the district super.