Saturday, 19 January 2008

Government encourages a Chav-like culture

As reported by the BBC, pupils should be allowed to wear trainers as part of their school uniform, according to new Welsh Assembly Government guidelines.

The document said banning trainers might force poorer parents to buy cheap shoes that could damage feet.

It added schools might also like to "avoid high cost items such as blazers and caps".

There was also guidance on wearing religious articles and making sure uniforms do not discriminate.

The document said:

Trainers are often made out of healthy materials and may be quite reasonably priced in comparison to leather shoes. Not permitting trainers might leave less well off parents with no alternative other than to buy non-leather shoes that are not properly fitted and which might lead to severe foot problems in later life. Wearing trainers might also encourage children to take "active breaks".
Doesn't the Assembly Government realise that it will open up a competition among pupils as to what trainers they wear. No pupil is going to want to go to school in a cheap or 'reasonably priced' trainer. It'll be designer or nothing at all, and at designer prices you may as well purchase a decent pair of shoes.

It never hurt me to wear shoes as a child - teenager - adult. I imagine that this applies to most people.

Talk about trying to please everyone and creating guidance for trendy-status sake!


mr nike 19 January 2008 at 00:04  

great news for my sales, pity the poor kids who arent fashionable enough though. strange decision

Shoe lover 19 January 2008 at 00:13  

These people don't live in the real world. Surely any parent would understand the implications of bringing in such guidance.

concerned mum 19 January 2008 at 12:24  

Children have enough to worry about in school other than keeping up with the latest fashions. School clothing is subsidised for the less well off, and a decent pair of shoes will always be cheaper than a decent pair of trainers.

Tentando Superabimus 19 January 2008 at 12:46  

Trainers also let in the rain and cause flat feet. I suppose it's all a plan to keep the incapacity conveyor belt working when the excuse regarding the ravages of heavy industry starts to wear thin. I am always amazed at this excuse when you consider that the iron industry in Merthyr closed down by the 1870s. In 30 years time which ever star is First Minister can blame the huge amount of sickness in Wales on trainers and not wearing a coat in the pouring rain between the ages of 11 and 18. Another factor which makes the condition worse is only going to international matches in a replica Welsh jersey. This condition seems to affect Welsh men and women no matter what their age. Thys don't seem to realise that the Welsh jersey isn't waterprooof and it doesn't hide the beer stains.

Anonymous 19 January 2008 at 12:50  

"the Welsh jersey isn't waterprooof and it doesn't hide the beer stains"

...or beer bellies

The Half-Blood Welshman 19 January 2008 at 13:33  

And of course hugely expensive designer label trainers aren't ever made in sweat shops in the far east for mere pennies so we aren't contributing to an ongoing culture of de facto slavery by buying them for school uniform. Oh dear me no, how cynical of me to think it.

At least there are still SOME factories in Europe that make shoes where they are obliged to treat their workforce like human beings...but I suppose quite a lot of them are shifting to the Far East now as well in search of cheap labour as well.

Anonymous 19 January 2008 at 13:55  

You'd think that the WAG would put a bit of joined up thinking into every aspect of its guidance.

Anonymous 20 January 2008 at 08:30  

This is sad should government be really bothered by such things

Miss Wagstaff 20 January 2008 at 14:06  

Well put, Valleys Mam. The Assembly Government shouldn't concern itself with such detail in this case.

Miss Wagstaff 20 January 2008 at 14:08  

HB Welshman - you've taken this even further, and probably to an area where those creating the guidance haven't even thought of. Wasn't there a minor scandal a while back concerning sweat shops and British politics?

Lexy 21 January 2008 at 16:30  

Yes, of course, the 'cool kids' will have the cool trainers, and the geeky ones will still wear sensible shoes etc etc - but that's true of any item of clothing, whether or not it's part of a uniform. The kids with the designer trainers will also have skirts of the fashionable length, ties tied in whatever happens to be 'in' at the moment, and the schoolbags of the moment. The other kids will get picked on regardless of their shoes.

Bob Deed 25 January 2008 at 16:59  

Isn't "chav" a rather offensive term? While the etymology of the word is debated, it is certainly seen by many as "Council House with Violence". The term certainly seems to be sometimes used as middle class code for white working class.

Dotcommentator 26 January 2008 at 18:35  

It's offensive if you're offended by it.

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