British School Forces Boys To Wear "Gender-Neutral" Skirts Instead Of Shorts

A private secondary school in Oxfordshire, England is banning its male students from wearing shorts during the summer months, and is instead requesting that they wear a more "gender neutral" ensemble that includes that staple of men's athletic wear: The skirt.

According to the Daily Mail, Chiltern Edge Secondary School's rule change comes after an unfavorable ruling by a government agency tasked with overseeing educational standards.

School leaders said the skirts were a "more formal" alternative to shorts, regardless of how uncomfortable they might make male students at the school.

Unsurprisingly, parents are complaining about the bizarre school dress code, which is part of a larger trend of schools adopting "gender neutral" uniforms to make transgender students feel more at home.

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Of course, parents of straight students can rest assured that their children will also feel comfortable: Because if they don't want to wear the "gender neutral" skirt ensembles, they can simply wear blazers and trousers in the sweltering heat.

Following the change, parent Alastair Vince-Porteous asked staff if his son could wear tailored shorts – but the school said that they were not part of the uniform. The bemused father was then told that the uniform policy was ‘gender-neutral’ and boys could of course wear a skirt if they wished.

The move follows a trend for schools adopting gender-neutral policies to help transgender pupils feel more welcome. Many schools now say skirts and trousers can be worn by either gender. Under the Equality Act, schools have a duty to protect transgender students from discrimination.

This case came to light at the weekend, as temperatures are set to soar to 26C (79F) next week. Mr Vince-Porteous said: 'I was told shorts are not part of the uniform. It’s a shame we can’t be more grown up about it, we aren’t asking for ra-ra skirts or skinny jeans, just grey tailored shorts for two months a year, it’s not a big deal.

'I know that in the past other schools have worn skirts so I asked if my son was able to do that – and the school said yes.' Fellow parent Joanne Muday said: ‘It’s nuts to make the kids wear blazers and ties when it gets very hot.’

The school introduced the new uniform policy after Ofsted, a government organization charged with maintaining educational standards, determined that Chiltern's uniform policy was "inadequate".

The introduction of the new uniform policy came after the school was branded inadequate by Ofsted. In August the school – which has the capacity for 900 pupils, but as of January last year had only 507 – will join the Maiden Erlegh Trust and become an academy. Students hail from nearby areas such as Caversham, Reading and Theresa May’s Maidenhead constituency.

Headteacher Moira Green said: ‘In September 2017, with the support of parents, Chiltern Edge made the decision to move to a more formal uniform. This has been a success. Maiden Erlegh Trust, in preparation for September 2018, wholeheartedly support Chiltern Edge’s adoption of a more formal uniform.'

Of course, we'd like to applaud Ofsted for its commitment to rigorous educational standards for athletes. Because Chiltern's students are learning one of the most valuable lessons of all: That it's okay for boys to wear skirts.

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SixIsNinE El Vaquero Mon, 06/04/2018 - 20:43 Permalink

nah - they have been prepped by the BBC.

6 years ago i watched a day time brit show which was the "home & garden" type of show...

oddly , at the time - they showed a traditional white female / male farmers in the countryside ... yet made clear that they were probably SMART to NOT have children.  no indication was given as to why that would be the case.  one may have concluded that they had plans to develop the property, etc.  but no.

it was telling white English women that they may think 33 times before having children in the UK - because it will be a difficult task if they choose to do so.

 

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OverTheHedge El Vaquero Mon, 06/04/2018 - 23:57 Permalink

I think you have to read between the lines of this type of silly article. 

1. Shorts are not part of the school uniform. So what? It's not as if the UK actually understands the concept of "hot". 25 degrees Celsius is around 87f. Boys wear trousers - always have.

2. Skirts ARE part of the school uniform. These are for girls. Always have been.

3. In the bizarre inclusive weird world we live in, it is not possible to state that trousers are for boys, and skirts are for girls, because someone might be triggered. Therefore, in order to get rid of the idiot father who wants his child to wear non-uniform clothing, the school jobs-worth has taken the piss. Father apparently has no sense of humour.

4. Any boy wearing a skirt will get the shit kicked out of him, repeatedly, day after day, until he sees the light. Leftwing luvvies may be nice, but British schoolchildren are evil incarnate. Feral would be the term that springs to mind. Always have been.

5. Sorry if this disappoints anyone who is desperate to believe the obviously nonsensical story.

 

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vato poco IridiumRebel Mon, 06/04/2018 - 20:20 Permalink

Pro Tip, lads: 1) look up "black knighting". practice it, get good at it 2) at a time & place of your choosing, tell those assholes NO 3) their moves at that point are entirely predictable. your study of black-knighting will enable you to publicly humiliate them, and eventually win

OR just start burning down their homes. it's a small country: somebody knows where they live

whatever they tell you it is; whatever you think it is .... it's for-real WAR. and they ARE the enemy who can't be bargained with or reasoned with and will never EVER quit until they are properly motivated to do so

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zibrus HerpaDerp Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:56 Permalink

OT

 

Quick shout out to H_H, the better-half (and 2,3). Thanks again for putting together the 'real' fight club. It was great meeting everyone, the festivities were great (hopefully despite my revelry). Every speaker was wonderful and I came away with new knowledge on each field discussed. The personal stories were what I enjoyed the most. Speaking in front of a fighting/questioning crowd was actually very refreshing for me and I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. Also, the soap box at the end is a wonderful design characteristic (a mini fightclub) and it's wonderful hearing everyone's perspective. Hanging out afterwards was also a blast. I'm looking forward to the future with ya'll.

 

z

 

Edit: P.S.: I'll work on my two step

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