I go to enrol a child in school
And groan at the thought of the school handbook
But as I delve into it’s pages
I feel my shock and awe growing
In Australia, no more a glance
Weaponry is banned at school
Drugs are out, banned items too
No real thought to consequences.
And thus I was not quite expecting
A 100+ page document
Outlining consequences in detail of the above
Wow – the USA – so very different.
It is common knowledge amongst us of Aus
That in the USA there are no school uniforms
So when I read the dress code – I was really quite suprised
The colour and the length requirements of dresses, skirts, shorts and pants was listed
For top halves – only one real option
And the colour was specified.
So different to what I expected and –
Nerd I am – I loved the difference
It may not be a uniform such as we have in Aus
But the strictness of the dress code
Is indeed a uniform.
The biggest surprise for me
Although some Australian schools are reverting back
Is the allowance of corporal punishment
As a disiplinary method.
There does not appear to be an opt out
As there was with many things
I am thankful that my child
Is unllikely to fall foul to that.