Extremists Among Us
You know, it’s stories like this that make the ACLU — periodically correct positions notwithstanding — seem like an extremist group:
The ACLU claims [Woonsocket public schools’ dress code] policy, adopted April 14, violates the right to free speech by prohibiting students from expressing their views on any topic.
“Uniforms may be useful in prison and the military,” said John W. Dineen, a lawyer for the ACLU, “but they are totally out of place in our public schools and a diversion from the more challenging steps that must be taken in an effort to better those schools.”
This is entirely in keeping with the mentality that has burdened our education system. The policy isn’t a uniform, per se, but a narrow restriction on color and style, not unlike workplace dress codes, and if the people charged with educating children believe that it will decrease distractions and increase concentration, then the notion that there’s a constitutional guarantee to wear anything while receiving a publicly funded education is absurd.
The children of the adults who’ve filed as plaintiffs should be embarrassed, and donors to the ACLU should question whether the organization isn’t already overly flush with resources.