Uniformly stupid

To protest mandatory school uniforms, a fifth grader and a seventh grader in New Jersey began wearing ‘Hitler Youth’ buttons with a slash and the words “no school uniforms.” Their parents have sued the district to block their threatened suspension. One of the mothers, Laura DePinto, issued a statement:

“I’ve gotten overwhelming support from MANY people that tell me that they absolutely agree with what the image depicted, an ominously homogenous group of blindly cooperative children,” the statement said.

“That image showed no swastikas, no weapons, and Hitler himself wasn’t depicted,” she wrote. “The picture makes a profound statement about what can happen when we turn children into ‘uniform’ followers.”

My view: Yes, they have a free-speech right to protest the uniform policy. And, yes, the argument that wearing a school uniform turns students into mindless drones is stupid.

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  1. There should be a GULAG for patents like these. Maybe the former Soviet Union could be persuaded to renovate one of the Kolyma camps, where we can send ingrates that have become so inured to the blessings bestowed upon them that they equate the wearing of school uniforms with Nazism. Sometimes you don’t appreciate what you have until you’ve lost it.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    The term Nazi is overused.

  3. Catch Thirty Thr33 says:

    It’s not that the uniforms make the students mindless drones…to me, it symbolizes many teachers’ deepest fantasy: that ALL students act, think, and above all, LEARN the same. (If all students learn the same way, well, then, the teachers barely have to work, don’t they?)

  4. The kids are just kids. Its the parents that are scary ignorant.

  5. Andy Freeman says:

    Oh the horror, parents displaying reasoning as daft as typical school policies like zero tolerance.

    Note that the parents are paying their own way….

  6. People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for
    the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
    ~ Soren Kierkegaard