To all the people saying 'if you don't like the rules go to another school': 1. Often there is only one school a child can go to due to distance, popularity of other schools etc. 2. The VAST majority of schools have controlling, oppressive uniform policies that have not been chosen by ANY student. Saying 'go somewhere else' when she wouldn't have the freedom to express herself anywhere else is ridiculous.
Also, school is NOT a work place. It is NOT a job. If you're going to expect children to act like employees you should pay them. Lots of people advocate the idea of 'let children be children' when it comes to homework and exams but not when it comes to being individuals. It is important (especially at that age) to discover who you are. Some people want to stand out, some people want to hide away but we should be encouraging every child (every human) to celebrate their uniqueness, to feel comfortable in their skin. Some many people look in the mirror and hate what they see, if this hairstyle makes this girl feel good about her appearance right now (whether anyone else likes it or she thinks it was a good decision in 5 years time) then that is a massive positive for her.
"To all the people saying 'if you don't like the rules go to another school': 1. Often there is only one school a child can go to due to distance, popularity of other schools etc. "
If you've one school in the area, then all the more reason to follow the rules. Here's a useful life tip - you don't always get to choose the rules! You don't have to like this, but it's the way it is. (if you want an education, if you want to keep a job and so on - many things in life have rules, don't like it? Guess what - Nobody does, now get on with it).
I'm a bit sorry to say it comes across both selfish and childish for someone to say 'theres only one place of education in the area, you must accomodate me!' - they aren't breaching any rights by not doing so. You make yourself suitable to be educated if you want it. It's available for those that want it.
"2. The VAST majority of schools have controlling, oppressive uniform policies that have not been chosen by ANY student. Saying 'go somewhere else' when she wouldn't have the freedom to express herself anywhere else is ridiculous."
Telling her to go somewhere else isn't breaching her freedom to express herself - nobody has said she can't. They are just saying she can't do that at the school. It's an extreme haircut, and completely reasonable request. The school is trying to make itself a quality place of education and it wants to maintain an image, if you don't respect that, you don't respect the school.
I know of no school that operates an oppressive uniform policy - I know of no school where you can't choose your own hairstyle as long as it's not obscenely over the top. Schools have to maintain discipline, but they also have to maintain an air of equality between students, and so by having rules it helps keep everyone on the same wavelength. If you won't work with this then you're working against the staff and fellow students.
"Also, school is NOT a work place. It is NOT a job. If you're going to expect children to act like employees you should pay them."
This is a bit silly - a school isn't a job, it's not a workplace. It's a place of education, where you go to learn life skills and subject skills. Part of the objective of a school is to prepare you for the workplace. If you can't abide by a simple uniform policy, there's a good chance things will get worse after school, so there's point complaining yet!
Life isn't fair, and sometimes you have to obey rules when you're in an establishment. This won't change, so better learn to work with it. You don't have to like it, as I get the impression you don't - but it isn't going to change.
" Lots of people advocate the idea of 'let children be children' when it comes to homework and exams but not when it comes to being individuals. It is important (especially at that age) to discover who you are"
Do it outside school? And do it within the rules otherwise. Not difficult.
It's also important to be guided when discovering who you are (as with other life skills) rather than left to it, and the school is doing this. And the mother and child are rejecting it.
We can argue all day that she has the freedom to express herself. There's no point doing this as I totally agree that she does, and can wear the haircut all day. Nobody is going to physically stop her and nobody should.
However the school has rules, and therefore using her freedom to this extent will stop her from being admitted to the school. This also needs to be respected.
It also has to be respected that the childs right to an education is not being breached by being asked to change your haircut to something sensible, as the education is available and offered subject to following the necessary rules.
Whether this means she uses the right to an education is down to how the parent and child decides to use their freedoms. This is not an unusual situation, a lot of things in life are affected by your individual choices.
Want to go on holiday in term time and avoid the fines? Get a silly haircut.
If you make yourself look like an idiot, then expect to be treated like an idiot.
Her mother should be fined for wasting everyone's time, failing to guide her daughter into making good decisions and for having her family look like something out of The Scheme.
She looks like a SJW. Now all she needs to do is have a badly organised blog with 15 different words signifying what her "gender" is and post tweets to the effect of "white cis men are evil!"
All this time I thought the person in the picture was a boy
She will struggle to find a job with that haircut as well.