Proposition: Any educational system that can produce a headline like this…
Girl suspended from school for wearing wrong shade of green
…needs help desperately.
Or to be torn down and reconceived completely. I am tending toward the latter.
The headline is in fact correct. Winslow Township Elementary School No. 4 sent an eight-year old girl home for wearing a Kelly green polo shirt, which was deemed to be in violation of the Camden County (New Jersey) school’s dress code, decreeing that shirts and blouses may only be white, navy blue, or dark green. This is important, for as the Winslow Township School’s code on dress and grooming points out “school attire can influence a pupil’s behavior and potentially impact the academic environment.”
This kind of mindless autocratic abuse of children causes them to become cynical, angry, submissive, fearful, distrustful of adults, or contemptuous of authority, none of which are good. The President of the United States, since he appears to be in the business of addressing local school wrongs, could perform a service by humiliating these cruel, dim-bulb administrators and their many equivalents by inviting this victimized young lady to the White House. But then she’s not a Muslim, or dark skinned, or a kid who pretended to invent something when he didn’t, so forget it.
I’m sorry I mentioned it.