Tired of Enforcing Hemline Rules, School Banned Skirt Altogether

Tired of enforcing appropriate hemline, some schools in England are resorting to what has been called "the nuclear option": banning skirts altogether!

The decision at Nailsea and other schools to forbid skirts springs from the exasperation of administrators and teachers, who were tired of spending precious time forcing students to correct wardrobe malfunctions instead of getting them to ponder the Norman Conquest.

Girls who might've kissed their parents goodbye in the morning looking like paragons of virtue were arriving on campus with their skirts bunched up at the waist and drastically shortened. One headmaster in western England complained that his female students wore skirts that were "almost like belts," while a headmaster in a Scottish border town warned that the girls' increasingly revealing attire risked encouraging "inappropriate thoughts" among the boys.

Better to establish an environment that focuses attention on learning, not legs, than to maintain the status quo for the sake of tradition, educators say.


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Reminds me of an incident when I was in college around the time short skirts became acceptable fashion. A professor of a class I had decided that an arrangement of chairs in a circle would facilitate discussion. The next class, all the guys rushed to class to sit on one side of the circle, forcing the females to sit opposite. The very next class we arrived to discover the seats were back in the traditional pattern of rows. Damn.
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