Wavy waivers to dye for

18th April 2008 at 01:00
In Britain, we debate the wearing of Muslim headscarves and Sikh bracelets. In South Korea, the concern is with light-coloured, wavy or curly hair.

At many schools, perms and dyes are banned, leaving the student body with uniformly straight, dark hair.

But the small number of children who have naturally wavy or light hair have faced bullying from other pupils and the prospect of being sent home from school by their teachers.

So schools in Seoul have adopted a somewhat drastic solution: they are issuing "natural hair color ID cards" to pupils to confirm that they do indeed have naturally light or curly hair.

It will come as no surprise in Britain - where there are widespread objections to any kind of compulsory ID card - that pupils have expressed alarm at the cards.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now