Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Young Liberals Are Young Lame-O's
Kick off convention with proposals to lift tuition freeze, impose school dress code
Did they up the age limit on the "youth" wing? Impose a dress code? Kid's dressing too *sexually* is a societal issue, not a government one. I'm confused as to why these kids think the government can solve these types of issues.

**Quick Memory** In Japan, I was hyper-startled when I saw a four year old girl wearing a "Hustler" (yes, as in the pornographic magazine) t-shirt that read "Hustler: Hardcore Since '74".

....It's a little different in Japan, though, because usually English is considered to be a 'decoration' on clothing and chances are the mother of this kid had no idea what her child was wearing. I was more pissed that there are a)Western designers making these shirts in kids sizes and b)there are distributors for this garbage.

Somebody designed this crap and knew they were making it for kids.


Anonymous said...

schools that wear uniforms have less fights between girls, as girls clothes often fight over clothes. It helps children who come from low income families fit in amougst their peers. In British Columbia the teachers union have suggested school students in public schools wear uniforms.

Shamrocks! said...

Full Disclosure. I know about uniforms: I used to attend a private Catholic school. In Japan, school uniforms are used extensively from pre-school to 12.

I just think that:
a) it's up to schools or parents to decide, not a federal government. The symptom (kids dressing to *sexually*) of a messed up society can't be *cured* by our government becoming a stern headmaster.

b) uniforms might help "group dynamics" (ie: "we're all the same now") but do not help individual self-expression. I guess it depends on what kind of people we want our schools to turn out.

Anonymous said...

I guess you never were the person who never fit in. Parents are not parenting anymore. Look at the rise of bullying...if parents did their jobs the government would not have to.

Shamrocks! said...


Has bullying really increased?

Anyways, I know from Japan that in fact bullying was a big problem over there as well (uniforms or no uniforms), as students would place "group harmony" over "speaking/acting out against bullying". To maintain harmony, the group would look the other way. Hardly a solution.

I don't really want to see the government take on a parenting role, do you? In East Germany, when the state took over all the daycares the kids (uniforms, etc) they became obsessed with homogeneity and the "groupthink" spawning a paranoia of outsiders. They credit the socialist "education and parenting" with the rise of fascist neo-nazis.

I think that society has to pick up the slack, rather than turning to the quick fix of government policy.

But that's me, eh?;)