Some schools ban cartoon clothes, gear
Do you sometimes wear a SpongeBob T-shirt to school? Do you have a Super Mario Brothers backpack? Maybe a little brother or sister carries a Thomas the Tank Engine or Dora the Explorer lunchbox?
Well in some schools around the country, students can’t go to class if they’re wearing or carrying around such popular media characters.
Some educators say that the nonstop marketing to kids is bad and that school should be a place where kids are free from that kind of pressure. They also say the characters sometimes promote things such as junk food or crude humor that might not be welcome in schools.
“We don’t agree with making a market out of our children,” Patrice Maynard, of Waldorf Schools of North America, told the Chicago Tribune. “We’re trying to protect them.”
But others think that such bans can go too far. For example, a Northern California school was taken to court after disciplining 14year-old Toni Kay Scott for wearing a pair of Tigger socks.
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