Fear of Fashion, And It’s Not Even a MAN-Purse!

12 12 2006

UPDATE: School Food Fight!

Oddly enough, once cupcakes were banned at school, she found herself baking them at home. For the first time in her life.

Cultural blogdiva Liza Sabater reports a hodgepodge of senseless holiday tidbits, among them the irrational truth that School can decide to ban or forcefeed anything or anyone, for the most stupid of “reasons.” It’s a real object lesson for Thinking Parents and Citizens, to understand that in the worst school bullying, SCHOOL is the bully.

If you prefer the ethical-moral view to the pragmatic, then I’d say school policy doesn’t have to be about religion — much less Christmas — to be soulless, and its targets aren’t limited to oddball minority kids who can’t or won’t conform to the congregational norm. School is universal, remember?

Sooner or later, unthinking policy at school or home — from labeling children to make them tolerant of differences, to hitting children to make them stop hitting, to clipping their wings to teach them to fly — achieves its own natural consequence, a new unthinking norm, normally to the detriment of the very children the stupid rules are meant to “save.”

Schools bag purses in class or, why it’s in the
little things like banning a girl’s purse, that schools demonstrate how
they are not about freedom of expression but about domination and
control. . .

So schoolfolk just “don’t want to take the risk” and “we have overcrowding” in school to the point that purses “were banging into people in our hallways” ??

Perhaps it will occur to some Thinking Parents, if not to well-paid school principals and risk managers, that the obvious problem is not the silly purses, and the obvious answer is to let the kids go free, not to evermore securely lock them up en masse away from everything — from sugar, fat, Harry Potter and evolution to their own pursuits, friends, music and feminine hygiene products

. . .but I won’t waste my Christmas wish on it.



4 responses

12 12 2006

Locking up personal items all day is the opposite of the leadership and learning schools could and ought to be generating, which reminded me of “Six Degrees of Good, Good Vibrations”:

“. . .I hope home education advocates and Thinking Parents of all styles will begin to connect neurological science of human relationships to leadership and learning issues throughout our culture. (How stupid would we need to be NOT to??)”

12 12 2006
13 12 2006

And here’s a sad commentary on how schools fail to change hearts and minds — no matter how many stupid anti-cupcake and anti-purse rules they have — http://skatje.com/?p=54 — this is a blog by Skadhi, daughter of PZ Myers, host of the Pharyngula blog. She writes about the hateful and ignorant anti-homosexual rantings at her school. And the lead offender? The class president! All those years of “socialization” haven’t made a dent in his ignorance.


19 11 2013

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