Posted by Gene W (other posts) on September 18, 2019 at 09:26:51 Previous Next
In Reply to: Boy tolld to cut hair or wear a dress posted by Long Hair In Albany on September 15, 2019 at 16:51:28:
Well, characterizing the entire state of Texas for such idiocy is not unlike saying the character of the USA is typified by the Trump adminstration. Neither is true. Places are much more complex than that.
I've lived in Texas all my life and had long hair most of that time. Long hair prejudice seems pretty unevident in my range of interaction, though I do live in the more urban Dallas area. Most all these stories of hair bigotry that turn up in Texas are from rural areas where, apparently, some jerks in official positions get their kicks by bullying little kids. The pay scale and personnel standards for educators in rural areas is pretty low these days. Obviously in some place communities end up with some pretty low quality people because they're all that are available.
Support higher salaries and standards for local education and we might see and end to such shameful nonsense. While it may seem to make the news more often in Texas, the whole US is suffering from an education funding and quality crisis.