Oh, Great, Uniform Wars…Again!

Yes, it’s the return of the young rebel against the system:

Chris believes that forcing boys to wear long trousers during the summer affects concentration and their ability to learn.

Chris is twelve. I don’t know when he got his degree in educational theory…

He said, ‘In the summer girl students are allowed to wear skirts but boys are not allowed to wear shorts.

‘We think that this discriminates against boys. I will march in a skirt with other boys waving banners and making a lot of noise.

‘I will be wearing the skirt at school all day in protest at the uniform policy…’

Right, like that’s not going to affect concentration or the ability to learn…

And has this ban just been imposed?

Teachers at Impington Village College imposed a ban on boys’ shorts two years ago following consultation with parents and teachers.

But when aspiring politician Chris joined the school he was outraged by the policy and pledged to overturn the ban.

*grits teeth*

So, the policy has been in place and everyone knew what it was and signed up to it, and now along comes a newcomer who wants to change everything to suit him. His parents must be so proud

Oh. It seems one of them actually is proud:

Chris’s mother Liz Whitehead, 50, has praised her son for standing up for ‘what he believes in’.She said: ‘I am delighted that Chris is taking action on what he believes in, which the school actually encourages, so he is only doing what he is taught.

‘I am really proud he is brave enough to wear a skirt to school for what he believes in and back him all the way.’

Hey, love, why didn’t you just send him to a school that suited your requirements in the first place?

The headmaster, at least, got in a dig:

Headteacher Robert Campbell …’Chris is a very bright and articulate student and we have got a very strong student council. He is one of only two year 8 pupils on it.’I know he wants to go into politics and has got strong principles – so maybe parliament is not the best place for him.’


16 comments for “Oh, Great, Uniform Wars…Again!

  1. Lord T
    May 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Bit confused here.

    This happens all the time. We had guns in the UK and someone came along and changed it.
    We had good politicians in the UK and it was changed to the useless wingy whiney clowns we have now.
    We have too much taken from us in taxes, never mind the million and one hidden taxes like this new road fine system by the Lib Dims.

    We are protesting against these things and to bring sanity to the UK.

    Now if the school was a private school then I can understand them making rules but that should not stop someone campaining to have it changed.

    Let him campaign. If it is changed then point him to the government next. If not then he can turn his hand to politics or something.

    I don’t see anything wrong with this.

    • May 12, 2011 at 10:38 am

      To clarify, I see this young agitator and his enabling mother as no different from people who move into the country and then try to get the church bells and cockerels silenced…

      • JohnQ
        May 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm

        Difference is every 13 years there will be no student who remembers the slightest about “how things used to be”. In the real world it takes maybe 200 years. I thought you were referring to immigrants at first.. but the same applies to moving to the sticks

  2. PT
    May 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Eee, when I were a lad, going to a freezing school in freezing Buxton, we used to dream of wearing long trousers. We had to wear shorts all through t’ winter, *and* wade through 9-foot snowdrifts to amuse t’ Headmaster. We were only allowed to wear long trousers when we joined the 6th form. And you try telling kids today that!

    • JohnQ
      May 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      And if the headmaster had forced girls to wear skirts in winter? OUTRAGE

  3. Chuckles
    May 12, 2011 at 11:40 am


  4. May 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I bet he’s popular with his class mates. When he grows up, he wants to be a proper little madam… 😈

  5. john in cheshire
    May 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I hope he wears clean underpants.

  6. PeteM
    May 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Just let kids going to school wear what they want (modesty and safety considerations being applied). School uniforms do nothing to help education. Let our children be individuals who can express themselves as they see fit and encourage them to understand and follow a libertarian approach for themselves and others.

    No doubt at this child’s school there will be children who wear different clothes for perceived religious reasons. That’s allowed. So should personal preference.

    If people pay loads of cash to send their kids to a school of their choice that’s fine. They want them to wear the uniform so they can impress their friends etc.

    This is so ridiculous. Lets have our children get the best possible education they can possibly get and worry about what they wear once we’ve achieved that.

    • May 13, 2011 at 5:39 am

      And when they grow up and join an office, what are they going to do when their boss tells them there’s a dress code? Roll on the floor, kicking and screaming like a five year old?

      Sometimes, we have to learn that OUR wishes aren’t paramount. That we have to conform to others’ expectations of us. No better time to learn that than when young.

      • Pete Mclaren
        May 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

        Sorry but that’s just nonsense.

        When we take a job we enter into a contract which requires us to do things and for our potential employer to do things. What we have to wear is part of the deal and we agree to that on the basis of the remuneration etc. offered. If we don’t like it we don’t do it and we live with the consequences. There is also the equality laws to consider. The dress code for ladies is far less strict than for men. Let’s balance that one out for starters.

        We want our children to be individuals, have their own opinions and bring their personality and skills to the world. Dressing them up in a uniform (like the armed forces, police, etc. etc. doesn’t teach them anything apart from learning that they have no say in the matter. Is that the lesson we want to give our kids?

        Other societies manage without school uniforms.

        If we want our society to grow lets start by providing our kids with a positive experience which encourages them to have opinions without indoctrination.

  7. John
    May 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    If this kid wants to wear skirts then his place in Parliament is assured. The place is still full of blokes who wear pinnies at the weekend.

    And if that fails, try the Police.

  8. May 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    It’s amazing how us men can go to work during the summer months and sit in non-air conditioned offices whilst wearing long trousers and still do productive work. I wonder how some people who have to wear lots of safety gear can do their job in the hot weather.

  9. May 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I lived in the Middle East for a short while, and I must say I quite liked wearing a dress.

  10. May 13, 2011 at 3:58 am

    “Teachers at Impington Village College imposed a ban on boys’ shorts two years ago following consultation with parents and teachers” ie the Headmaster decided and imposed it.

    If you lived in Impington you would know that the nearest alternative school was miles away and really no choice at all.
    The top comments @the Mail support him and I agree.

    • May 13, 2011 at 5:37 am

      I’m not sure that flouncing out and taking your business elsewhere is always viable, its true. But then, I’m not sure its always the best thing to teach your children to do – sooner or later, you run out of places to flounce out of…

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