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Middle School Principal Bringing Back the Urkel


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Saggy pants? Not in Principal Bobby White's school. The Memphis educator has enacted "The Urkel Initiative," a program that secures those droopy drawers up around the offending student's waist with zip ties through the belt loops.

He says it has cut down the number of kids being sent home or receiving citations for inappropriate dress from more than 80 per week to about five.

Link via Best Week Ever via AV Club


Ah zip ties! I can never pick up a pair of pants that continue to fit, I fluxuate a lot in waist-size I guess. I cannot wear a belt because the metal used to make most buckles causes a rash on my skin. I never thought of using zip ties. That would have saved me a lot of problems at school
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On another note, one of the first entrepreneurial product ideas I had was pants sewn into the underwear such that a small portion of underwear would be showing and the pants wouldn't fall down. I thought it would be popular with teens. Within less than 2 weeks of having that idea I was shopping at Wal-mart when I saw something to that effect hanging on one of the racks. They were girl's sweat pants with a half-inch of pink or blue (what looked like underwear) sewn along the top. The first product I saw like this was a bit subtler than the girl is wearing in this pic (http://www.walmart.com/ip/14648917) but pretty much the same idea. Since then I've moved away from big money making ideas and started to question my motives and morals, which consequently disapproves.
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Pretty clever. You can try to be "cool," but if you overdo it, you'll be punished by being extremely "uncool."

Or a kid can practice moderation, which is part of growing up.
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@ Alex:

Laugh. Heartily.

And *still* be glad I don't have to see a bunch of kids shambling around with their underwear hanging out, and pants almost down to their knees.

;)
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They're teaching them to not wear pants around their knees. I appreciate the lesson as it more directly affects their life than, say, knowing the capitol of every country.
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@bearfoot - principles like these are in many ways more important that the education they receive in school. He is teaching them how to present themselves in a way that allows them to be successful and obtain the respect of others. That is much more valuable than learning what a parabola is.
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Yep, they're taught that confromation and being one of the masses is the most important thing.

Heaven forbid they buy into a fad that will pass.

If you look at the American School system you will find that is is based off of the Persian model. The Persian model was deliberately made to stifle creativity and self expression, because that breeds descent and rebellion.

If you look at a person and no matter what they're wearing judge them inferior simply because of their style of dress you are a shallow person.

But heaven forbid that you're not one of the cogs in the machine. After all, nobody who is unique has ever had success.
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Yep, they're taught that conformation and being one of the masses is the most important thing.

Heaven forbid they buy into a fad that will pass.

If you look at the American School system you will find that is is based off of the Persian model. The Persian model was deliberately made to stifle creativity and self expression, because that breeds descent and rebellion.

If you look at a person and no matter what they're wearing judge them inferior simply because of their style of dress you are a shallow person.

But heaven forbid that you're not one of the cogs in the machine. After all, nobody who is unique has ever had success.
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