The Ministry of Silly Bans

PJ Media’s S.T. Karnick hits a silly ban on Silly Bandz, cheap rubber wristbands that are a fad for kids and a bane for adults. Karnick writes:

This is conclusive proof, if any were yet needed, that the people who run America’s schools hate kids and are utterly power-mad.

According to Time, schools in New York, Texas, Florida and Massachusetts have declared the Bandz are contraband.

Students fiddle with them during class and arrange swaps — trading, say, a bracelet with a mermaid for one with a dragon — when they should be concentrating on schoolwork, teachers say. Sometimes a trade goes bad — kids get buyer’s remorse too — and hard feelings, maybe even scuffles, ensue.

Without Silly Bandz, none of these things would happen, of course.

If Silly Bandz are very tight, they might block blood flow, a doctor warns. Karnick is not impressed.

Any child whose parents are so oblivious as to fail to notice that their children’s hands are in danger of falling off has much bigger problems than an excessive fondness for Silly Bandz.

. . . The movement to ban the latest thing children have found to enjoy is a blatantly idiotic manifestation of the constant impulse of our federal, state, and local governments to suppress every attempt by the nation’s children to enjoy themselves in a natural, unforced way without adults turning it into some vile, arid, obvious learning experience.

I’m still bitter about Ravinia Elementary School’s ban on cinnamon toothpicks circa 1960. That was supposed to be for our safety too. We might poke ourselves or get a splinter or . . . Stupid grown-ups.

Update: Teachers report on the spread of the Silly Bandz craze in North Carolina and New York City.

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