The list of things that have been banned from our grade schools and our high schools continues to grow every year. At this point, we would assume that it is easier to remember what is allowed instead of what isn't because the first list is a lot shorter than the second.
We can understand when something dangerous is banned from our schools, but some things on this list are just so ridiculous that you would think you were living in the world written about in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984.
Seriously, it's getting absolutely ridiculous. Let's take a look at 13 things that aren't allowed on school grounds anymore.
1. Red Ink
In England and Australia, teachers have replaced the use of red ink with green because using red ink to make a child's assignment can be considered too "confrontational."
Now before you say anything, certain words are banned across the world for good reasons, you just don't say them in polite company. But some schools have taken it a bit further by banning the use of words like: poverty, birthdays, Halloween, and dancing, because they might elicit "unpleasant emotions" in children. Come on now.
A school in Toronto, Canada has banned all "hard" balls (whatever that means) from campus because one parent suffered a concussion after being struck in the head.
4. Baggy Pants
Schools all over the world are still trying to ban people from wearing baggy pants for a variety of reasons. Some schools claim that they "interfere" with learning, while others say that it promotes a gang mentality. If only we cared about the important things in life.
5. Yoga Pants
A school in Ottawa, Canada banned girls from wearing yoga pants on campus unless they came to school with a shirt that covered their rear-ends. "Obviously" because guys would spend all their time staring at butts instead of learning...
6. Skinny Jeans
So no baggy pants, but apparently no skinny jeans either. These have found themselves banned from schools all over the map because of their tight nature (and lack of modesty) which might detract from learning or cause impure thoughts.
7. Back Packs
A high school in Michigan doesn't allow its students to bring their school bags to class over safety concerns in places like the cafeteria and classrooms. Students are forced to run back to their locker between each class.
This list gets even more ridiculous from here on out.