When children progress into the adolescence stage, they start to showcase their rebellious sides and crave liberty and independence. Teenagers may disassociate themselves from school and dread every single rule imposed by it. In fact, in today’s culture, schools struggle to find a balance between letting students express themselves and maintaining order.
It is believed that without order, there would be chaos. That’s especially true when it comes to kids in school settings. With that said, sometimes schools take rules a little bit too far. While administrators usually craft school policies with the best of intentions, some of these can actually be perceived as over the top.
In this article, we shall look at some of these rules.
Not being allowed to dye your hair
Students in their teenage years would want to experiment with new things and may be tempted to try out different looks. Arguably, this remains by far one of the most controversial policies imposed by schools. Schools find this rule very challenging to manage and at times they need to resort to punishing students for disobeying.
This policy is mostly a problem in girls’ schools, however, studies have shown that the dyeing of hair in boys’ schools is also growing in popularity. Generally, schools in Malta and abroad ban students for dyeing their hair during the scholastic period.
Skirts have to be at the required length
Many teenage girls have broken this rule at some point or another. Although schools emphasise that girls need to have their uniform skirts below the kneecaps, schoolgirls will keep on rolling up their skirts regardless of what parents and teachers tell them. In fact, many schools have taken the decision to eliminate skirts completely from their dress code and have instead opted for trouser suit uniforms.
No tuck shops
No tuck shops to instil a healthier lifestyle is the approach of some schools. The reason being is to avoid serving fried food such as pizzas, pastizzi and other items which may be detrimental for health. Some might argue that this is a step too far considering that teenagers should be given some leeway to indulge in sinful foods, especially since they are still young.
Telling parents not to give students soft drinks
Whilst we do not neglect that soft drinks are bad for health, should schools really ban students from drinking such beverages? Some schools do exactly that and instruct parents to provide their children with healthy drinking options.
What do you think about these rules? Do you think that they are outdated or necessary to maintain discipline?