Thursday, April 21, 2005

This One Just Has To Be Read To Be Believed

Both Kimberly at Number 2 Pencil and Darren at Right on the Left Coast are covering a story about a couple of female Minnesota high school students that have invented an altogether different method of disrupting the educational process. The girls are wearing buttons that proclaim their affection for a Certain Female Body Part:
I (heart) my (starts with a "V" and ends with an "A")
Of course, the girls claim that they are wearing the buttons in the name of free speech and "raising awareness" of violence against women. The school has asked that the girls remove the buttons and has threatened them with suspension. At least one of the girls is defying the school's directive.

Amazingly, much of the community is rallying around the girls.

As a classroom teacher in a secondary school, (with more years of service than I care to say here) it is my opinion that this is probably more about getting attention, and less about advocacy.

Read Number 2 Pencil first, and then Right on the Left Coast second.

Update:(5/3/05) On his television program, Bill O'Reilly said: "It's not about the appropriateness of the word; it's about the appropriateness of the venue." We couldn't agree more.
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