Have you guys heard about this? Shelley College, a school in England, recently banned makeup and removed bathroom mirrors in an effort to maintain its “â€˜discreet’ make-up policy” and keep girls from crowding the bathrooms.
According to this article from the Mail Online, teachers armed with “make-up removal kits” now check the girls for makeup every day! Apparently, female students were spending too much time in front of the bathroom mirrors, and the school had unsuccessfully attempted to cover the mirrors prior to this measure going into effect.
It’s been less than a month since this news was released, and it sounds like the students have mixed opinions about it all. The article quotes one 14-year-old student as saying:
It’s okay that we’re all in it together, you realise nobody is no prettier or uglier, we all just look normal.
Yet another says:
“Before the ban I’d wear foundation, mascara and eyeliner, now I don’t wear any. It is a bit unfair, I do believe too much make-up can be a distraction but so too can too little.â€?
It will definitely be interesting to see how the policy fares down the road.
One the one hand, I can understand the school’s need to monitor that that interferes with teaching or disrupts the school’s learning environment. But on the other hand, I also know how important it is to feel good about your appearance, especially in those tough teenage years. In my opinion, it’s easier to do your best when you feel your best, and how we feel on the outside can have a big impact on how we feel on the inside!
What do you think about all this? For those of you in school, does your school enforce similar rules, or do you wish it did? Share your thoughts in the comments below.