Friday, February 27, 2004

School silliness

NZPundit asks if Don Brash is due an apology after raising the silliness of Marlborough Girls College in banning some necklaces but not others? Certainly not. Like most of Brash's examples, this is nothing to do with the government. The policy is set by the local board of trustees, who seem to be following the trend of school boards in being rather silly over uniform issues. The Human Rights Commission often investigates these issues, but has consistently found a wide authority on behalf of schools to decide on dress and uniform; generally if parents can forbid it, then so can a school. I'd like them to find differently in this case, because the policy is discriminatory and because I think such policies are a crock of shit, but I don't hold much hope.

Meanwhile, if you want to do something about it, you can always email them to express your disapproval.