Kids talk

8th July 2011 at 01:00
Michael, Lily and James, S3, talk to Julia Belgutay about what is appropriate in school

Lily: Appropriate clothing would be normal clothes, just casual. If I was to choose, I would wear jeans or leggings and a top, maybe a cardigan or something.

James: Shirt and jeans maybe? If it was casual it would probably be that.

Michael: I think girls wearing really short skirts isn't really appropriate.

James: I know this isn't clothing, but fake tan - you see girls walking around the streets almost orange, Tangoed.

Lily: Strappy tops and whatever when it's not summer.

Michael: I think something is inappropriate if it is too revealing.

James: Yeah.

Lily: I think in terms of behaviour, you have to pay attention in class so the teacher doesn't have. shout or something. During exams, I understand that they want us to be quiet around the school, but when we played football in the playground, they took us all out of class because they said we were over- celebrating the football goals. I think some teachers in school make their own rules up.

Lily: Yeah. I remember once I was wearing bunches in first year, and I was told you were only allowed one ponytail. That had never been a rule.

Michael: I can understand that outside the school, they want the reputation of the school to stay intact, but in school I think it is just.

James: I can think of one reason. Teenagers always want to push the boundaries a small bit, so if you set the rules very strictly, they are not going to push them that much. If you have the rules, say, three out of 10 (one is most strict), they might maybe push it to a five, but if you set them at one or two, they are only going to push it maybe to a three.

Michael: Also, people just get more annoyed about it each day, and someone is just going to get too annoyed about it and you end up pushing it to a six or a seven.

Lily: Rules on discipline and that, they are really strict on that. In a way, that's a good thing.

James: It encourages people not to do it.

Lily: If the punishments are more harsh, then people won't be inclined to do it.

James: We don't know any other way, so we can't say if fewer rules would be better.

Lily: No rules would probably be quite.


James: People would probably find it fun for about 10 minutes, then it would descend into chaos.

Lily: I can see about having fewer rules, but not no rules.

James: Some rules you just can't get rid of.

Michael: Like assaulting a teacher.

Lily: But you have to have anger problems to do that.

Michael: You always get one or two. Not proper assaulting.

Lily: Just maybe throwing a rubber or something.

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