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« on: January 30, 2013, 16:21:27 PM »

I've read Jacques's article in Daily Maverick about the two kids that got send home because of religions clothing and thought but what is a uniform for? In my day we even had the same hair cut all on the same day! (It was a 99% boarding school). But then I read a article by Richard Dawkins http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/1/28/the-tyranny-of-the-discontinuous-mind and now I am not so sure. Where do you draw the line? Maybe, like Jacques said, headgear in the school colors is a working compromise.
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 17:08:06 PM »

I am all for trying to find a compromise. I wouldn't want secularism, rightly or wrongly, to come across as a sort of fascism. I want those Muslim kids to look at how tolerant secularists are and think "maybe I should join them" instead of them seeing us as the enemy. There is no pojnt fighting them by becoming just like them.

But I can see how it can cause problems: what if ultra-conservative Muslims want to come to school in a burka, or Sikh kids want to wear a ceremonial dagger (there was in fact a case about that in Canada some years ago) or Satanic kids want to wear black lipstick and 50 face piercings? Who gets to decide which religions are "real" ones and which ones are reasonable?

Not sure I would want to be a school principal!


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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2013, 22:53:10 PM »

I say get rid of uniform all together - the amount of time and energy wasted on disciplining petty uniform defaults in the school where I am is mind blowing and all for what?? Seeing rows of people that look the same makes me a bit twitchy.

 I totally understand why school uniforms exist but as soon as the novelty value of not wearing them was over everyone would just get on with it.

Muslim kids wear scarves and skull caps in Ramadan but not the rest of the year I'm not sure how the King James Bible loving principal would take it - but he seems to accept anything including days off for random feasts if it's part of your religion.

 I just need to find one where Mondays and Tuesdays are the sabbath and I'm golden !  Angel
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 09:31:40 AM »

Quote from: beLIEF
Seeing rows of people that look the same makes me a bit twitchy.

Reminds me of:

Quote from: George Carlin
Don't these schools do enough damage making all these kids think alike, now they have to make them look alike too? It's not a new idea, either. I first saw it in old newsreels from the 1930s, but it was hard to understand because the narration was in German.

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I just need to find one where Mondays and Tuesdays are the sabbath and I'm golden!

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