Father's Day cards banned in Scottish schools
By Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor
Last Updated: 8:57AM BST 23/06/2008
Thousands of primary pupils were prevented from making Father's Day cards at school for fear of embarrassing classmates who live with single mothers and lesbians. The politically correct policy was quietly adopted at schools "in the interests of sensitivity" over the growing number of lone-parent and same-sex households.
It only emerged after a large number of fathers failed to receive their traditional cards and handmade gifts.
Family rights campaigners last night condemned the policy as "absurd" and argued that it is marginalising fathers, but local authorities said teachers need to react to "the changing pattern of family life".
An Office for National Statistics report in April found that one in four British children now lives with a lone parent - double the figure 20 years ago.
The Father's Day card ban has been introduced by schools in Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Renfrewshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Clackmannshire.
The making of Mother's Day cards and crafts, in the run-up to Mothering Sunday, remains generally permitted