School's back in session for most young people in the US, but many of the kids have already been sent back out because of their clothes. At least 128 kids at one Indiana school broke the code du dress on the first day of school and were suspended straight away.
I'm glad to find out so many years after high school that the focus of the administration and faculty is still squarely on education. That district's school board president, Rebecca Ward, stated as much when she said of the suspensions, "I'd be supportive if half the school was sent home... our schools are for education."
It seems some school officials are so concerned about the potentially detrimental effects of youthful fashion choices on education that they are actually willing to make students miss lessons, assignments and tests over it. Again, that's missing part of their education over something that may impact their education in some obscure way.
I quote Chris Squire: "Fucking brilliant."
And by the way, shouldn't that be "if half the school were sent home," Miss Ward? Maybe you need to spend more time in class and less time worrying about who's showin' they ass, eh?
We had the same situation in my high school, with the exact same rationale. It made no sense to me then and makes no sense to me now. The most common "send homes" were girls whose skirts went above their knees when they were seated; skirts had to stay below the knee at all times.
Toward the end of one year, some guys decided to pull a stunt and wear skirts to school - skirts that were "within code," as they went past the knee. Yeah, they were sent home. Sorry, wrong gender. No fashion "statements" allowed. But I did admire their spirit. If I were (see what I did there, Miss Ward?) in high school today I'd be tempted to wear a kilt and insist it was my birthright. Ha!
Today I see public grade school kids waiting for the bus in uniforms and it ticks me off. We've got lousy test scores and underachievement all over the place and all the schools can think to do is squash any trace of individuality in the students.
I should explain for those who haven't read my previous posts on the subject that I think school uniforms are fascist and, further, have no place at all in public schools. And though the original topic here wasn't uniforms but dress code violations, it's really the same thing as far as I'm concerned.
Well, at least some of those grade school kids get to wear shorts as part of their uniforms. I never did. Lucky little buggers!