School Rules–Love them or hate them…
My last post was on my utter shock over the reaction in the Hair for Hope saga. Strangely, I felt compelled to list out the *unbelievable* school rules that I had when I was a kid.
I’m a mother now, I had a few years experience as an educator, I work with youths in church, I work with various vendors and contractors at work, and I must say, it still blows my mind why the school had these rules. Other than keeping up with tradition, and wanting to create a uniformed standard across the school, I cannot put my phantom why they imposed these rules. Why? Why? Why? Mdm Ho, Why? Mdm Chua, Why? Mrs. Tan, Why?????
Here’s a glimpse of these rules!
1. HAIR – Nothing coloured, girls cannot have hair longer than 3cm below the ear, and NO, absolutely NO hair accessories at all except Black Bobbin Pins
2. GLASSES – Only Black or Silver spectacles frames allowed.
3. WATCHES – Only a small face watch for all. Only black or silver straps allowed.
4. BRA – Only plain beige or white bras allowed. Don’t ask me how they check that!
5. SKIRT – All skirts cannot go shorter than mid of knee caps. (That’s mightily long when you are 15 yr old!)
6. SHORTS – All girls have to wear shorts under your skirt. They claimed we can’t sit properly!
7. Jackets – If the weather’s cooler and you need to wear a jacket, you can only wear the school jacket!
I have to stop now before I disclose more about the school I was in. All of us were really quite unhappy with these rules. As reluctantly as we abided by the rules, we kept to these rules as long as we were in the school premises. At the end, many of us were compliant (although we were complaining among ourselves all the time!
What made school fun was a great bunch of friends who could laugh and cry together. Looking back, those rules taught us much discipline and valuing authority over our lives.
Did you have school rules that you couldn’t understand or agree with?
Those are restrictive, especially the hair one! My niece was in a religious school for a while and no jewelry was allowed except a cross necklace. I don't remember any strange rules at my school.
I came from all all-girls' school and we had rules about the bras and skirt length, but weren't so strict about glasses colour or wearing shorts underneath though! 😛
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I can understand the rule about skirts, especially if they're too short, but those other rules are beyond ridiculous. So much for being an individual these days. 🙁
These are strict. I went to private school for 9th/10th and remember having to kneel down so they could measure my skirt that had to be two inches from the ground.
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Some of these sounds like reasonable rules especially since teenage girls may be tempted to dress to show off or dress to attract attention from the opposite sex at that age. But I agree the black hair bands and bobby pins is a little too strict.
Those seem restrictive. I can't remember any particular rules at my school beyond the standard logical ones!
Wow – our rules weren't quite that strict! The one I hated the most though was no gum chewing, I was always caught with some in my mouth!
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I remember school when I was in South Africa, there were uniforms and we could only wear the school blazer when it was cold, only one type of shoe, and skirt length was mid knee also.
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Oh my gosh, that was so super strict! I can't believe the hair length requirements. What???? I'm ok with uniforms, but within reason!
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Those are some CRAZY rules! The only one I remember was "shorts/skirts can't be shorter than your finger tips" (or 3" above your knee).
actually, somewhere along the way they changed the rules. girls were not allowed to wear shorts under their skirts. we all had to go and buy petticoats!!! do you remember? during spot-checks, the female teachers would flip our skirts to see if we were wearing petticoats. *shudder*
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Those are some of the oddest rules I've ever heard of. So no one was allowed long hair at all? Why that one sticks out to me the most I have no idea but wow.
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