I am all for health and safety, especially when it comes to the working environment. For far too long men and women were getting needlessly hurt or killed just going to or working for companies.
But school ties?
There is a time when you have to say that political correctness in the guise of health and safety has gone too far – and I believe that this is the case here.
Clip-on ties are replacing knotted school ties, as schools worry about health and safety worries, says a survey of school uniform suppliers.
The Schoolwear Association says 10 schools a week in the UK are switching, because of fears of ties getting caught in equipment or strangling pupils.
Irrational fear is what has kept kids inside the house (which is now being condemned by some in the UK) but as far as I was taught, and I used to work in factories with really large machines, keep your clothes tucked in, sleeves well away (or none at all).
I have been on a few H&E committees – and have, on a couple of occasions screeched at my boss for getting too close to a machine – even though it was guarded etc.
I have never screamed at one for hooking his biro on his/her tie.
Schools have raised concerns about ties catching fire in science lessons, getting trapped in technology equipment or ties getting caught when pupils were running.
So a clip on tie won’t catch fire? It won’t get caught in a piece of technology equipment – whatever that means – if a lathe the clip on part could blind the kid!
And can you imagine the clip on part (metal) causing the cut to the jugular as Johnny pulls on Jimmy’s tie? OUCH!
How about H&E specifics come to the fore? Like take the tie off in science, DON’T run in hallways, my deputy-head used to just love that one, and keep the tie tucked in while taking technology class(?). Or just take it off when in these lessons – how frigging hard it that?
Or, and I can bet this is more to the point – if mum or dad don’t know how to knot a tie, teach the kids how to do it?