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School orders boy with dreadlocks to cut hair or face suspension.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by delmamerchant, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    A 12 year old boy who wants to wear such an obvious sign of a religion, he should be saved from the indoctrination.
     
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  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Headmaster Alan Ebenezer said: “Boys cannot have hair longer than their collar or shorter than a number two."

    So it's sexist.

    Look, I'm not standing up for misogyny. If you're going to mention misogyny then I'm going to harp on about Islam. If you're going to mention indoctrination then I'll mention Christianity, Islam, Judaism and every other ruddy -ism.

    *sniggers at the name Ebenezer for a mean headmaster*
     
  3. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    I agree, save the children from it until they are old enough to decide for themselves, no obvious signs of any religion at school.
     
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  4. elledriver

    elledriver Lead commenter

    It's a boys' school.
     
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  5. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Well, it claims to be.

    But then so does the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. :)

    And then there are those people who put 'Jedi' on Census returns.
     
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  6. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Trouble is though that I was a teacher and not the fashion police. If I had to go round telling people to remove that cross from round their neck and that scarf from their head and that turban from their bonce? I'd never do any teaching.

    So, much as I dislike many of the practices associated with many religions, I reluctantly have to concede that other people can have their symbols. As long as it's not sexually provocative or an issue H&S-wise? Just get on with it.

    It's a conflict of interest really. I'm going to be espousing many liberal values in PSCHE etc. Then I'm telling them how to dress. It's not easy. I prefer to guide, inform, instruct rather than dictate. "Here's why I don't like the headscarf. Now you tell me why you choose to wear it."
     
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  7. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    The last time I remember seeing a student with dreads was in a documentary about Christ's Hospital School!! This is the school where they voted-students-by 90% in favour, to retain the uniform which was designed in the 16 century when the school was founded. Think yellow knee socks, breeches and cravat. The dreads looked really cool. :)
     
  8. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    There is a difference between a religious requirement and something which a religious adherent chooses to adopt.

    In Sikhism, kesh - the practice of allowing one's hair to grow naturally as a symbol of respect for the perfection of God's creation - is one of the Five Ks, the outward symbols ordered by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 as a means to profess the Sikh faith. In Rastafarianism there is no requirement to wear dreadlocks - it is a matter of personal preference.

    Similarly, in Sikhism the wearing of the bangle (kara) is another requirement. There is no requirement in Christianity for an adherent to wear a crucifix or sport a fish on the back of your car. Those are personal preferences.
     
  9. Calpurnia99

    Calpurnia99 Star commenter

    It all boils down to a desire on the part of the school to look posh, control the parents and crush every ounce of individuality out of the kids.
    Perfect.
     
  10. Rott Weiler

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  11. elledriver

    elledriver Lead commenter

  12. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

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  13. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

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    Didn't my link work for you @nomad? It's a publicly available page AFAIK - I'm not a New Law Journal subscriber either!
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  14. nomad

    nomad Star commenter


    I got this...

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  15. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    It's irrelevant to me @nomad whether people want to signal their religious persuasion (cross round your neck) or feel that their religion will disown them if they don't obey the explicit rules (Sikhism).

    Do as you please. Provided you don't preach hate (that would preclude certain T-shirts) or offend public decency (chest hanging out) or find yourself with your hair trapped in the door? Go right ahead.

    I see no difference between sky fairies who tell me to worship a risen Christ and sky fairies who say I can't join the gang if I don't wear a bangle. I'm not going to impose my beliefs on you. Wear your cross. Wear your bangle. Think what you like. I'm just here to help you with your phonics.
     
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  16. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    I'm not convinced that school is the place for displays of any religious belief.
     
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  17. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

  18. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

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    Well there's a mystery, I get the full article and I'm not a premium user or subscriber of any sort, and I'm not logged in to the NLJ either. I just googled the case name and the page popped up top of the list! Thanks for the alternative link.
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  19. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Ain't it "fanks"?
     
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  20. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Multiplication methods also a speciality. ;)
     

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