Japanese high schools abolish old rules, offer freedom with underwear, hair and dating
Pressed to review outdated bans, a whole prefecture bids farewell to “relics of the past”.
Controversial school regulations have recently been in the spotlight in Japan, with an overwhelming number calling for revisions after it was revealed that students were being forced to to dye one’s hair and even show their underwear to teachers.
These rules, which have been in place in many schools across the country for decades, are ultimately aimed at maintaining consistency among students. However, when students with naturally brown hair are forced to dye their hair black to align with the school’s undyed hair color policy, and student textbooks indicate that students’ underwear should be white or beige for “hygienic reasons”, basic human rights are starting to become a legitimate concern.
â¼ If you were a college student born with this hair color, chances are you would be accused of dyeing it and having to dye it black.
Because of these concerns, schools and prefectural education boards are now under pressure to review outdated regulations, dubbed “black school rulesâFor their negative nature. Thankfully, that pressure is slowly leading to change, with Saga Prefecture recently announcing it will do away with underwear and hair, and now Mie Prefecture in western Japan has revealed it has followed suit. not.
According to the Mie prefectural education council, since this spring, all public high schools in the prefecture have abolished the school rules concerning hairstyles, the underwear color, and also meet. The changes came into effect after a 2019 survey found that out of 54 public high schools in the prefecture, 24 had provisions prohibiting âtwo-blockâ undercut hairstyle (short back and sides), 17 required students to submit a form stating the color and quality of their hair (to check dyed hair), and 18 schools banned from meeting between students.
More, two schools required clothing under uniforms to be light in color to make them less visible.
â¼ No need to check the color of my underwear anymore!
All of those rules have now been abolished, a representative from the board’s Student Guidance Division describing the regulations as vestiges of the past and unsuitable for the present day.
The Prefectural Education Council played a key role in implementing the changes, calling for schools and school principals’ associations must review school regulations during meetings with guidance counselors present.
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is now encourage other school boards to ask schools to review their policies, sending out notifications to councils across the country earlier this month. These measures are expected to bring about profound changes throughout the education system to adapt it to changing times and allay the concerns expressed by students, parents, teachers and members of society as a whole.
Because a step forward for student rights is a step forward for individual rights, which helps to create a happier, healthier and safer path for all, especially the adults of tomorrow.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun via Livedoor News via Jin
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