Mar 2, Articles , Essential Reading comments I want to start this article by doing a little thought experiment. Imagine for a moment that you are in a group of twenty people. In that twenty people there is a defined leader and that leader is responsible for motivating you, teaching you, and otherwise organizing group activities. Things are going along OK, but then at some point the group leader decides that they are not happy with the activities of the group. Some of you are going to the bathroom too much, some of you are too easily distracted, and others are simply not following the rules. Forms of emotional abuse:
School uniform policies are bad for all students – but especially girls
School uniforms are holding girls back from playing sport
It was a depressing turn of events. The cameras had followed her closely through the first couple of episodes, with the clear intention of showing her graduation at the end; the decision felt monumentally unfair. The episode came back to me when I read this morning about draconian headmaster Rory Fox previously a teacher in a prison sending girls out of lessons at Ryde Academy for having skirts that were too short or trousers that were too tight. Boys were also sent home for flouting the uniform policy, apparently for wearing shoes that were not made of leather. I have never been a big fan of school uniform — some argue that it levels the social playing field for poorer students, but I don't find that very convincing. If people are all in the same faded red jumper and ill-fitting grey trousers, it is reasoned, there is less room for judgment than if Lizzie fails to own the same Armani jeans as Beth. But publicly humiliating boys for having cheaper, non-leather versions of the generally accepted black school shoe, potentially takes some of the power out of that argument.
NSW high school principal tells students their shorts could make staff ‘uncomfortable’
So when we dress our girls for school, why do their uniforms still have such physical barriers? Boys will generally run, kick, jump and play anything that involves a ball, while girls are more likely to sit, talk and play less vigorously. The older they get the bigger the behavioural divide. Cute little Sam Squiers in her winter uniform in primary school. Totally impractical for playing sport!