Strap yourselves in and brace for ridiculousness.
When you were growing up, your school probably had bans on certain things — calculator watches…boys going into the girls locker room…idiocy…
Well, a bit has changed — these days, kids have iPhones and laptops, and they’re forced to poop together (here). Got a daughter? Some dude named Stephanie might be changing beside her as we speak (here and here).
But an English school is choosing to fight the good fight.
Woodchurch High School in Birkenhead has banned expensive coats.
Yes — it’s that dumb.
Schools should look out for their students; and while the world’s daughters are out of luck, Woodchurch — whose students range from ages 11 to 16 — is protecting its poorer pupils’ self-esteem. Some of you are surely white, so you wouldn’t know anything about not being millionaires; but some people are poor, you privileged b*st*rds!
Woodchurch headteacher Rebekah Phillips schooled CNN:
“These coats cause a lot of inequality between our pupils. They stigmatize students and parents who are less well off and struggle financially.”
Forced equality, folks. So the school is teaching communism. At least they’re doing it right — instead of making the poor kids rich, it just makes the rich kids poor.
A letter was sent to parents at the beginning of this month, noting that Woodchurch is “mindful that some young people put pressure on their parents to purchase expensive items of clothing.”
When you were growing up, was it even possible to put “pressure” on your parents?
The ban begins after Christmas break.
The maligned coats — by Canada Goose and Moncler — cost as much as $1200.
Phillips lamented the reality that everyone isn’t rich:
“There has been feedback from children, who say ‘Gosh, that is our rent for the month.'”
“Phillips added that a former student wrote to her praising the move and saying that school should not be a place where students’ ‘economic background is rubbed in their faces and distracts them from learning.'”
Learning what? Communism?
I have a thought for Phillips and her students: that’s life. Get ready for a lifetime of it.
Of course, the school doesn’t care what I think. They’re concentrated on what really matters: protecting their students and preparing them for the real world.
Two years ago, Woodchurch — which requires uniforms on most days — got rid of personal book bags after parents complained that their children were demanding name brand rucksacks.
I have advice for the parents, too: Do your job, goobers.
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