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Mixed Feelings...

 

ARTICLE: CNN- NOV 20 2018 High school bans expensive jackets to protect poorer children

"These coats cause a lot of inequality between our pupils," headteacher Rebekah Phillips told CNN. "They stigmatize students and parents who are less well off and struggle financially."

 

"Poverty-proofing enables schools to identify and overcome the barriers to learning that children and young people from families with less financial resources face," Jeremy Cripps, chief executive of Children North East, a nonprofit organization that provides poverty-proofing audits for schools, said in a statement to CNN.

Mixed feelings: it is not our priority to worry about what parents can afford or not for their children. Some things are inappropriate to wear to school, however, it is undeniable that usually the best quality and warmest outerwear are expensive. You can purchase a $4000 Max Mara coat with no brand name labels and no one will know the value, or you can spend $1,000 on the very popular yet still warm Moncler and Canada Goose coats that many people wear. It is also undeniable that oftentimes children want to impress their friends and peers at school. As a parent, you want to gift your child whatever they deserve. 

I believe you don't wear anything to school; I believe some nicer pieces should be saved for appropriate occasions. Wearing heels to a baseball game might not be so appropriate, for example, you would want to save those heels for a nice night out for dinner.

On the other hand, not everything is what it seems. What if the coat was gifted to the child or purchased for half the cost? This is why as parents we raise our children to be understanding and open-minded. What if the parents starved and saved for years to make this big purchase only for the child to only wear it occasionally? The purpose is to be warm, and no one should feel less or more based on their peers' parents' choices on finances. 

-Phillips added that a former student wrote to her praising the move and saying that school should not be a place where students' "economic background is rubbed in their faces and distracts them from learning." Agreed, however, children are emotional and somewhat greedy. As a child, my mother bought me a Columbia coat secondhand. At the time I couldn't grasp the concept of secondhand items and thrift stores. I felt repulsed and never wore the coat, mind you it is a great quality brand and very warm. Now, thrifting is one of the most trendy ways to shop. Now, I would appreciate finding a name brand coat secondhand instead of paying all that money. With that being said, you can gift your child an expensive item and they'll refuse it because they don't know the designer and value, as I was once guilty of, and still ask for the more well-known brand name items they see on their peers simply because it is 'in' and not because of its price and quality.

In conclusion, parents should do better in instilling better morals into their children. I don't think it is up to the school to protect or ostracize students based on name brand clothing. Parents have the right to spend whatever they'd like on their children. It is up to them whether they are okay with buying expensive merchandise for their children to ruin in school; the option should be open. Regardless, the safety of young children and students should be priority in their schools. Hopefully this issue will raise awareness against bullying.

-Monroe