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

    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Paine View Post
    Howdy radcen ....

    Schools dictated clothing and hair styles when I attended school. (It was public school not a uniformed school). Boys pants needed belts at waist height, shirt tails tucked in, sleeved and collared shirts, no t-shirts of any sort; and hair styles were tightly controlled. Girls had similar restrictions for appropriate dress i.e the fit, style, and length of dresses and skirts; blouses and how they buttoned.

    I knew a H.S. senior who was suspended for three days (off the school grounds and unable to make up missed work.. meaning: if one missed a major test one might flunk the course and be required to repeat same course next year) ... His three day suspension was caused by his hair style... the latest fad for boys ... the style was exactly the same as the President of the United States ( John Kennedy ).

    In retrospect, while often unpopular with students, the seemingly harsh restrictive practice of schools at that time taught a very valuable life long lesson.

    In business, when dealing with persons of high income (and self importance), I may choose to wear an easily recognized tailored high value suit and physically comport myself appropriately. I do not don the same clothing to straddle a Harley Davidson or climb onto the saddle of a horse.

    The Lesson of school clothing restrictions:

    To be successful in life, In differing situations, one must exhibit an acceptable modicum of comportment for that specific situation be it attire, physical demeanor, or language usage.

    While children should not be treated as chattel, as often the case when I was young, they have no and should not have 'freedom of speech' to excuse inappropriate demeanor;
    It allows them to perceive an incorrect lesson and narcissistic view of life and social interaction.

    Yes, the school should be able to dictate hair and clothing styles.

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    Excellent post. I don't disagree with any of it, but am not sure I agree with some of it... if that makes sense. Your point regarding setting a kid up for success in the future is a good one, though on the other hand I'm not sure that having long hair (as just one less extreme example) while young has hindered anybody that got a hair cut later on.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    We all did idiotic things in high school. My hair was almost down to my belt and as much as I would let it get that way again. I have to work.
    so why was it OK for you to have your hair the way you wanted it, but now you want kids to have perfectly groomed hair?

    That's hypocritical. Do you tell kids to get off your lawn, too?
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    so why was it OK for you to have your hair the way you wanted it, but now you want kids to have perfectly groomed hair?

    That's hypocritical. Do you tell kids to get off your lawn, too?
    Well, yea. I learned that if I wanted a job, cut my hair. Even though my father was pissed about my long hair. As well as the head football coach and every girls parents I dated. But being in highschool I was fine with that and the more pissed they got, the longer it got.
    And if they are on my lawn, they better be mowing it. LOL

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

    Only for safety concerns (which should be extremely obscure and case by case) or severe distractions (and even then, unless it is offensive, they should see what can be done to make it less of a distraction first before any disciplinary action is taken, like move the person to the back of the class or something like that).
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Sieg Heil!

    Did you dress like a nerd when you were in high school? Proper hair cuts, clothes and attitude?

    Didn't you say you were a cop?

    It's all getting clearer - you became a cop so you could get back at all the kids who made fun of you for your clothes, and your Beaver Cleaver haircut.
    Yea, you got me. But seriously, we didn't have shock white hair, or pink hair or purple hair or rooster cuts back then. All us dudes had long hair if you had anything other than a military cut.
    You got the military cut from the barber on base. Our highschool was right next door to Patrick AFB.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    Yea, you got me. But seriously, we didn't have shock white hair, or pink hair or purple hair or rooster cuts back then. All us dudes had long hair if you had anything other than a military cut.
    You got the military cut from the barber on base. Our highschool was right next door to Patrick AFB.
    But you have to remember this -- (and this is the hardest thing I had to come to grips with) --

    Look at what you said in your earlier post:

    Even though my father was pissed about my long hair. As well as the head football coach and every girls parents I dated. But being in highschool I was fine with that and the more pissed they got, the longer it got.
    Other than style, how is this any different than what is going on today? You are rebelling against "the man" with your long hair. Kids today are rebelling against "the man" with their hairstyles, too.
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luftwaffe View Post
    you allow your children to have body piercing? good luck with him finding a job, great parenting...

    response to OP: public schools? no.

    Although my private school has restrictions on what hair one can have and what clothes one may have, and our scores are significantly higher than that of public school students
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I would shave off the rest of the hair and take the bolt out. Provided he was still living under my roof and underage.

    That said, no, schools should not be dictating hairstyles. That's the job of the parent and if the parent is too messed up to not care then oh well. Hairstyles cannot harm anyone.
    He was living with his mom at the time. She is morally bankrupt. He shaved the rest of his head before the next weekend and didn't wear the hardware when I had time with him after that.
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    Re: Should schools have the authority to dictate student's hair styles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    But you have to remember this -- (and this is the hardest thing I had to come to grips with) --

    Look at what you said in your earlier post:



    Other than style, how is this any different than what is going on today? You are rebelling against "the man" with your long hair. Kids today are rebelling against "the man" with their hairstyles, too.
    I think because we knew once highschool was over and we needed to be taken seriously. We cut our hair. I see way to many "35 year old teenagers" out there looking for work looking like they are still wanting to be in highschool.

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

    Case by case.

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