Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I guess they think its a distraction from the education process

Since last November four year old Taylor Pugh, pre-K student of Floyd Elementary School, has spent his days in in-school suspension at the school library with a teacher's aide. Why?

Because the school board, in Balch Springs near Dallasm TX, determined that his hair was too long and thus warranted suspension.

Amazing how in this day and age that gender roles are so rigid that they are grounds for keeping a boy from going to school to learn like he should. And that is just what it is, gender roles. For ages males have had a set of standards held over their heads that dictate how they must look, dress, act, talk, etc... in order to be welcomed into the arms of society.

If you look at the video on that page I linked to the end of it says that he is growing his hair out for his aunt that is currently battling cancer. Now while this is certainly a justified reason for one to grow their hair pointing it out feels like it is necessary to find a reason for it. Its not. The boy wants to grow out his hair and his hair is not disturbing or bothering anyone.

This past Monday the school board threw a bone in the form of holding a closed door meeting and coming to the conclusion that young Taylor would be allowed to wear his hair in a braid but said braid cannot come down past his ears.

Now I'm sure the system thinks they are making some grand gesture here but they are still trying to keep people's hair in check for what? Fear that he might like his long hair and keep it that way forever? Fear that other kids might decide they want to do the same? Fear that this one little boy might start a hair movement that will lead to social upheaval of their entire school district?

Crazy I know...

2 comments:

April said...

<blockquote>This past Monday the school board threw a bone in the form of holding a closed door meeting and coming to the conclusion that young Taylor would be allowed to wear his hair in a braid but said braid cannot come down past his ears.</blockquote>

How do you have a single braid that DOESN'T go past your ears? Unless it's a braided ponytail, I suppose...

Strange sidenote: my boyfriend's mom allowed him to grow out his hair when he was a teenager, but would not allow his younger brother to do the same, and her reason (according to younger brother) was because he wasn't in a band. Like, you can only have long hair if you're in a band...? That seemed very strange to me.

Anyway, this is complete nonsense. I would bet that they don't have similar policies for little girls with really short hair.

Danny said...

If you saw the video his hair was in a braided ponytail. The board may be calling it a braid because they have no understanding of hair (which would explain why this entire mess is even happening in the first place). I and most people would probably just call that a ponytail.

And yes you are probably right that there is no such policy on girls and their hair.

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