Did You Lose a Bet?

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

To keep up with the times, Marlington has changed their statute based on hair color. While some students have taken full advantage of the new rule and started to change their own hair, this Grand Duke staff member does not agree with the change.

Since I started kindergarten, Marlington has had precedents set surrounding hair color, explaining that hair color is to be only natural colors such as: red, brown, or blonde. Despite the regulations seeming to be set in stone, with new administration came new order to the Marlington handbook.

Hair color has been strictly regulated by the administration in the past because of the distraction it causes during classes. Now the rules are dictated by the administrative team.

The previously strict guidelines explained that a student must present themselves professionally within the school hallways. The guidelines provided structure to the school system, making it so the students remain focused, and better prepared for the future.

Personally, I have had classes with students that have recently dyed their hair and I find it obnoxious and distracting for the rest of the class. People are more focused on what color they will be switching to next rather than the lesson the teacher had prepared. Students take valuable teaching time away from the class to have discussions about hair or to focus on the color rather than the lesson.

Most people would side with hair color being a way to express yourself and should be allowed in the school system. However, I see color as a deterrent from what school should be about. School is meant to be for learning and preparing for future careers.

Many jobs set regulations on hair color to be a natural color so to look more professional. Companies see colored hair as unprofessional and are more likely to hire the more professionally displayed employer.

Dying your hair can also lead to health problems. National Capital Poison Control mentions, “even when hair dyes are used correctly, they can cause toxicity. Skin damage and allergic reactions are well documented. Eye exposure can cause a range of toxicities from mild irritation to loss of vision. Unintentional swallowing can cause irritation or injury to the mouth and stomach as well as life-threatening allergic reactions.”

As the years progress and Marlington changes with the times, will our school continue to adjust with the students or decide to go back to their reserved point of view?


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