That’s right folks. That’s what’s happening at a British school, in northern England, which not only banned makeup for its 13- to 16-year-old students, but also took down the bathroom mirrors. This new approach is aimed to get teenage girls to focus on what’s really important, rather than perfecting their beauty skills.
Do I agree with this? Actually. No.
I believe schools are over-stepping their boundaries a little too much here. I think if a parent allows their teenager to wear makeup [within reason], then so be it. It’s their choice. I’m not talking bright blue eyeshadow and sexy red lips, however, what is so wrong with a little respectable makeup?
Now onto the fact that the school took down the mirrors. This to me is horrifying. Isn’t it a known fact that teenagers struggle with self-esteem? In my opinion, removing the mirrors doesn’t scream “embrace your natural beauty” to me. To a teenager it says, “I am ashamed of what I look like. Wouldn’t it be better if I just disappeared?” Hence removing their mirror images.
Maybe I’m being a little mellow dramatic here, but I really do not agree whatsoever with this approach. If you want an angst teenager, then by all means, carry on. However, this school stating that teenage girls are far too concerned with beauty rather than academics, kind of seems funny to me. The school itself seems far too concerned with eliminating makeup and mirrors, rather than implementing motivational education programs, to engage their students.
Just my two cents. What are your feelings? To read the article click here.