Our School System: Repressive?

Read here about a suburban high school student who was suspended for refusing to wash the pink hair coloring out of her hair because to do so “would be an act of conformity. I don’t want to do something just because everyone else is doing it,” she said.

Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. School never has been, and probably never will be, about concepts like individual rights or independent and free thinking. Save that for when you’re on your own. Or in a very liberal college. I’m all for freedom of expression, and I abhor the trampling on of rights, but unfortunately, children don’t seem to have rights.

So, Sarah, if you are lucky enough to be born into a home where parents actually respect them as individuals (less likely for someone of my age, raised by a woman who still believed children should be seen and not heard), then consider yourself lucky, but don’t expect it to spill over into your scholastic life. If you don’t believe me, ask Sammy, the BeachTechie. His blog, which admittedly was housed on a school computer, but contained nothing but the innocuous and very well-written observations of a young teen, certainly nothing as “shocking” and “inciteful” as your shocking pink locks, was ordered removed by the school officials who felt it to be an abuse of school resources. I ranted about that, too.

When will administrators wise up? We cannot continue to raise children the first 18 years of their lives pretending that they “don’t exist” as citizens (of this planet if nothing else) and then turn them loose the minute they hit 18 totally and completely unprepared for the big bad world out there. Creativity and free thinking is what made this country — indeed, society — what it is today (such as it is). Without all the great “thinkers” — the philosophers of aeons past — where would we be now? Where would our culture be? Where would our great writings, scientific discoveries, our art, our music, be without it? Yet schools continue to stomp on and literally stamp out such thoughts in children all in the name of “conformity.”

Sarah, I commend you for attempting to make a stand, but I’m afraid there’s a lesson to be learned here in choosing your battles.

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