The teen says that he was told that the school’s decision was based on the fact that a kilt doesn’t fit the dress code for graduation. The school didn’t mind him wearing it during the post-graduation dinner, but not during the ceremony itself.
“I find it funny. The school teaches you to respect your heritage, be different, be yourself. And so I am going to be different, being myself. And they don’t like that.”
What I find tiring about this kind of story isn’t that a kid’s out to “be himself.”
Rather, it’s that it seems that if a student is going to fight his school, it must be about something he wants to wear, not something he wants to learn.
When is the last time you heard of a student raising this much stink about adding a needed curriculum? When did you last hear of a student taking a stand to get a better textbook? Or fighting for better after-school programs to help students in need?
I’m not saying, even for a moment, that honoring one’s heritage isn’t important. But at the same time, if arguments over what someone can wear at graduation, or in a senior photo, or who someone can take to their prom, is the biggest thing worth worrying about in our schools, then maybe our schools aren’t as bad as some would have us believe.
Patrick is a television producer, writer, Mac lover, and Christian, though not necessarily in that order. He has a natural dislike of double standards and poor grammar.
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