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A tale of two stereotypes

This week, miss i participated in her first interschool debate. As I listened to the two teams compete, I was amused by the contrasting stereotypes before me.

Miss i’s team consisted of two caucasian blondes, and an  asian girl, all with hair pulled back into neat ponytails. All three were dressed in matching uniforms, complete with blazers, grey tights, brown school shoes and uniform shop issued, blue hair ribbons. All three had leadership badges adorning their blazers.

The opposing team consisted of three public school girls with hair tousled to within an inch of it’s life, falling strategically across their faces. They wore their ‘uniform’ of matching polo shirts, emblazoned with their school name, and a small piece of navy cloth worn as a skirt. One girl wore black tights, complete with 30cm ladder running from knee to groin. Another had bright orange ankle socks worn with volley runners which she wore as open-backed slip ons, with laces undone. The third girl opted for black runners sans socks and pen drawings on her legs.

One of the girls on miss i’s team was red eyed when we arrived and I learned later that as she sat alone at her desk, waiting for her team to arrive, she was the target of some cheap snipes from the opposition about her uniform and prissy looks. She had spent the rest of her time waiting for her team mates, crying quietly in the toilets.

The topic of the debate was Violent Video Games Should be Banned. Miss i’s team was arguing the negative. The debate is hosted, and adjudicated by the Western Australian Debating League and no teachers are present in the room. Parents may watch, but are not to approach the adjudicator. It is a really good experience for the kids involved.

After the adjudicator gave his feedback and awarded the debate to miss i’s team, the opposing team had a hissy fit and only quietened down when one of their parents approached them.

Miss i and her team found their debating teacher waiting to hear of their result, and were given the topic and date for their next debate:

                                    School Uniforms Should Be Banned.

I had a quiet chuckle to myself.

*I am not making any judgements on any of the teams, just giggling at the irony of my observations. Both teams debated well. Last night I went to miss i’s orchestra rehearsal and the students were allowed to wear casual dress. It was the time for the private school girls to don ripped clothes, skimpy shorts and off the shoulder tops, complete with bra straps showing. And their tresses were far from neat and tidy.

3 Responses

  1. Oh, this is priceless! SO funny. I had an, er, heated discussion with one of my American sisters-in-law (yes, I have two!) as she is really against school individual clothes represented the individual better than a uniform, and that damn first admendment that they keep raving about. Drives me nuts! Just quietly, I love school uniforms and am relieved that just about all Australian schools have them. Of course, they vary as you described! Thanks for sharing… and I’m interested in the outcome of the very next debate! xx

  2. Sorry, I just re-read that. She is against school uniforms and felt that no uniform was a better display of individuality than a uniform. There. Much better said!

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