Allow coloured hair in schools

Allow coloured hair in schools

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Skyla Brown started this petition to Ministry of Education (National) and

Hey there! My name is Skyla (skyjixies) and I've started this petition to help NZ students express themselves, by allowing students in NZ schools to have coloured hair. I have provided an essay with statistics, facts and human rights/laws. With this petition, we hope to reach the principles of NZ schools, the board of trustees, the ministry of education, and maybe Jacinda Ardern. We hope that the result of this petition will be a change in rules regarding unnatural hair colours. Please share with any friends, families, and students you know. Its time we make a change, its time we move away from this old traditional rule.

Unnatural Hair Colours Formative essay:

Many schools have a certain rule in place regarding dying our hair in unnatural colours. Some schools even have a rule in place where students must tie their hair back and out of their faces during school hours. It is easy to respect these rules as a student, but we must also consider the effect these types of rules have on students and their taha hinengaro . Let's start with why schools place these strict rules.

Some schools believe that unnatural hair colours are unprofessional and they feel the need to teach their students to look neat, tidy and presentable so that when it comes to them getting a job, they look more presentable. Another reason some schools have for placing these rules is to take pride and respect in the school and protect the schools' public image, schools do not wish to have the public think that they promote rebellious actions and decisions such as piercings, unnatural colours, and funky hairstyles. Some schools even believe that coloured hair brings unwanted attention on their students and distracts the students around them. We all take pride in being in a school where we supposedly strive for people to express themselves and their amazing individuality and uniqueness.

This may seem liberal, but with plaguing, issues of teenagers with low self-esteem, depression, addiction and the needless suicides and homicides committed every day I argue that allowing them to express and celebrate their individuality and creativity. Dying your hair is a form of expression and allows the person to express their uniqueness and personality, this falls under the New Zealand Bill Of Rights Act 1990. I personally find it quite weird having schools tell us to be ourselves, yet they restrict us from doing so. Banning unnatural hair colours has a negative effect on a students wellbeing, especially when we are at the age of self-discovery.

Statistics Backing Up My Statements

In that study, it was proven that 46% of women have highlights and 35% have full coverage hair dye and overall 75% of the women in America have their hair colour altered in some forms. 75% of these women had their hair colour altered in unnatural ways.

Conclusion

Dyed hair is just another form of expression. Maybe some pretty happy students that now get to try out that look they have always wanted. Maybe a little more of that society of individuality we are trying for. Therefore we should eliminate the rules of banning unnatural colours, and we should allow students to express themselves as it is a human right and falls under the New Zealand Bill Of Rights Act.
 
 

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