Just stumbled upon an article that may burst your veins. I AM SHAKING WITH DISBELIEF.
CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian state plans to ban students from wearing denim because it is linked with having a good time.
'It is associated with weekend wear, with recreational time. It's just unacceptable at schools and we are trying to lift the standards,' a spokesman for Western Australia state Education Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said.
The ban on denim in Western Australia's secondary schools will be imposed from 2007.
This ban is establishing a state-imposed-norm: schools cannot be associated with having a good time.
Passionate educators are trying everything in their abilities to make learning fun for students. School administrators in the U.S. host dances, shows, talks, plays, have year books--all in the hope of making the learning experience a positively memorable one. This plan counters those efforts and may only create student contempt for education as an institution.
This restriction is to be imposed on the students during a crucial stage in their lives. It is during this period that they consider the very real possibility of eventually dropping out of school. To take away any of the small liberties they enjoy, albeit trivial to those looking from the otherside of the school fence (can you remember?), can be dangerous.
And yes, fashion choice is a liberty that citizens of free nations possess.