Students at a school in Northwestern England are being told they’re not allowed to wear expensive coats to school because of the potential for stigmatizing other kids who can’t afford them or promoting social ‘inequity.’
From Daily Wire:
The school sent a letter to parents in early November warning them that expensive coats would no longer be allowed. The headteacher of Woodchurch High School in Birkenhead said the ban would take effect after Christmas and the school was “mindful that some young people put pressure on their parents to purchase expensive items of clothing,” according to CNN.
The coats being banned are from Canada Goose and Moncler, brands that sell jackets that can cost well over $1,000.
“These coats cause a lot of inequality between our pupils,” headteacher Rebekah Phillips told CNN. “They stigmatize students and parents who are less well-off and struggle financially.”
Phillips said they’re trying to reduce the social inequity.
Phillips also said her plan to “poverty-proof” the school was well received by the students, saying one student wrote to her suggesting school shouldn’t be a place where a student’s “economic background is rubbed in their faces and distracts them from learning.”
This isn’t the first thing they’ve forbidden or controlled.
Two years ago, it introduced a compulsory school bag to reduce costs, after parents complained that their children were demanding branded rucksacks,” CNN reported. “The school has also cut down non-uniform days — days when students can wear their own choice of clothes to school — to once a year, after complaints of children ‘being put down’ for the clothes they wore, the headteacher added.”
The school also provides free sanitary products to female students.
Other schools in England are also trying to help low-income students by “banning expensive pencil cases and discouraging primary school teachers from asking students what they did on the weekend, so children whose families couldn’t afford to do anything wouldn’t feel embarrassed,” CNN reported.
Now, uniforms are fine, but how about addressing the bullying rather than getting rid of objects and penalizing those who happen to have more?
It’s like going after guns rather than what causes the desire to shoot someone to begin with.
What other objects will they find socially objectionable next? Jewelry? Hair ribbons? Expensive shoes?
How about preaching that money or things aren’t bad, they’re things that work and effort can achieve and that all can aspire to? That not having them doesn’t make you any less of a person? That you should treat your fellow with respect and kindness.
Or be prepared just to keep a list of the next thing your kids find objectionable and upsetting.