Carol Platt Liebau: The Problem of Standards

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Problem of Standards

This story perfectly illustrates the reason that the culture has reached the lowest common denominator. Apparently, a school in New Orleans has been trying to maintain some standards with regard to what is appropriate attire for prom dresses, i.e., not too much cleavage or nudity, etc.

As school officials enforced the ban -- having notified all members of the school community in advance -- some outraged parents rushed to the prom to complain about their daughters despite their inappropriate attire.

Anyone wonder why it's so hard for schools to promulgate and then follow through on standards ranging from education to behavior to dress? Because some parents make it impossible for standards either to be set or maintained -- and then the kids pay the price.


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