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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Given the hormone levels in the later school years, the very presence of another student distracts other students from learning.

    "if it distracts" is not an acceptable reason for disallowing something.

    Perhaps if you mean "overly distracting"? Even that could be interpreted incorrectly though.
    Just because you refuse to accept my reason does not make it unacceptable for a school policy. I guess if you spend enough time you may be able to find an adjective that could be interrpreted correctly every time, but I am suspicious...
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Isn't that rather subjective, though? I mean, if "distracts other students from learning", then anybody could claim simple purple hair, or short hair on girls, or long hair on boys, makes others students look, and thus "distracts" them. It's vague enough to open up all kinds of potential bans.
    It was not that hairstyles can't be distracting but those that distract students from LEARNING would be able to be banned.
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    I don't think anyone would be complaining if the school told him he had to tie his hair back into a ponytail and gave him a hair-tie.
    Unfortunately, not every kid can do that. My youngest is autistic. I can't put anything in his hair. Even cutting his hair is a massive ordeal. He cries anytime I take him to a salon or parlor to get it cut, telling me "it hurts" (even when they are just cutting hairs nowhere close to his skin). The best experience we have had is letting my mother in law cut it just a couple of weeks ago before starting school. His grows into his eyes (even before it gets real long in the back), but it is very fine hair and refuses to stay to the sides. And even if I was comfortable using clips to hold it back, he would take them out.

    For most kids though, I absolutely agree that this should be an option before having to get it cut, very similar to the girls with really long, floor length hair (I haven't known of a boy with floor length hair school age, but this would apply to them as well), who should absolutely have an option of just keeping it pinned/pulled up since it could be a safety issue to have it drag on the floor (hopefully anyone with hair that long would care enough not to do that anyway).
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Disputatious71 View Post
    It was not that hairstyles can't be distracting but those that distract students from LEARNING would be able to be banned.
    It would definitely have to be on a case by case basis, from a reasonable person standpoint. It would be easy to claim that any "out of the norm" hair might distract some students, but most hair styles, even outrageous ones, aren't going to keep attention for very long, particularly if the teacher has good control of the classroom.
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    I don't think anyone would be complaining if the school told him he had to tie his hair back into a ponytail and gave him a hair-tie.
    Just like when somebody works in a restaurant. If they have long hair that gets in the way, they have to pull it back.

    Edited: Just read RogueNuke's post, and in a case like hers, it would be different.
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Disputatious71 View Post
    Just because you refuse to accept my reason does not make it unacceptable for a school policy. I guess if you spend enough time you may be able to find an adjective that could be interrpreted correctly every time, but I am suspicious...
    I don't refuse to accept your reason, I'm asking for clarification
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I don't refuse to accept your reason, I'm asking for clarification
    It has been clarified if you look above
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Disputatious71 View Post
    It has been clarified if you look above
    But how do you enforce/measure "distraction from learning"?

    Is it up to the individual teachers? The principle? Who decides which haircut is ok and which not? What if favoritism enters the picture?

    And if you set hard rules, what if someone has a haircut which is borderline yet not at all distracting for whatever reason?
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Yes, same as with private schools.

    There is such a thing as "too outlandish to truly be fashionably acceptable" (i.e., multi-colored spiked hair) just as there as hair colors that are so bold they can be a distraction (a black and yellow bee-hive hair-doo [though to me that would be so cool]). That said, I think school systems can go alittle overboard sometimes with enforcing the rules (i.e., sending a girl home because she dyed her hair red when redheads though not frequent are "normal" hair colors).

    Some things are judgement calls. I think hair color and hair styles can be, but overall I do believe schools should have the right to decide what hair styles are acceptable and which are not. But when making such a decision they should try to be fair, reasonable and consistent among the sexes in how the rules are applied.
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Why?

    All kids rebel to a certain extent, and hair styles are not permanent. Beats the crap out of tattoos.
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