Australia may be among my favorite vacation spots — I could seriously live in Sydney and enjoy greeting everyone with “G’day, mate!” — but its education system may need some, um, fine-tuning…
An elementary school in South Australia has infuriated parents and disability advocates by asking students to come to school dressed as a disabled person as part of a fundraiser. And the best disabled costumes get a prize!
The school’s newsletter stated: “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!”
Oh yes, THAT’S going to end well.
At least the goal was admirable: to raise money for a clinic in Bangladesh that repairs children’s cleft lips and palates. (Word of advice for administrators: Just stick to more harmless fundraisers, such as pimping out dates with hot teachers.)
Sources say popular costume ideas included Ozzy Osbourne, Paris Hilton and Paula Abdul masks.