Sunday, September 24, 2006

School Dances Canceled

I like the way this principal handled the situation:

A furor over what Concord High School administrators call an "overtly sexual" style of dancing at school dances has split the school community: There are those who defend the students'right to dance however they want and those who believe the moves are just plain inappropriate...

Asked by parents to describe the dance, Connolly offered this: The girl leans forward and the boy puts his pelvis against her backside. Then, he thrusts.


"It's feigning a sex act," Connolly said.


The students will always claim that they should be allowed to dance however they want to, and the schools will always claim that they're holding the students to a reasonable level of decorum. When both sides can't agree, just cancel the dances. That way neither side has to deal with the issue at all.

This statement, though, takes the cake:

"We were raised to dance like that," senior Kayla Bisson said.

Uh huh. You know what I think? I think that if you wouldn't dance with your dad like that, Kayla Bisson, then you know there's something sexual about what you're doing. And school isn't the place to be doing something sexual.

Here's a common sense comment from a parent:

"Eventually, things may change and this may be considered mild," said parent Cheryl Hunter. "But right now, it's inappropriate."


True enough.

14 comments:

Polski3 said...

What do you expect from the "music" lyrics they listen to and the crap they see on MTV and other hip hop visual showcases?

I agree with the school in not allowing dances to continue if such "dances" are being "performed" by their students.

Darren said...

I don't think it's the lyrics as much as it is the lack of any "music" other than just a beat. Not much you can do *but* grind when there's nothing but a beat.

rightwingprof said...

The obvious solution to this problem is to hire a swing band, and have a 40s theme dance. The kids would have a hell of time learning to jitterbug after the initial complaints. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

Oh no, it's the lyrics, too. I don't listen to rap but can think of two popular songs right now: "It's getting hot in here, why don't you take off all your clothes" and "....slob on my knob".

Darren said...

While the lyrics are foul, I don't think they necessarily "compel" grinding, as the beat does.

Superdestroyer said...

Dances, Proms, and homecoming queens are just anachronism that should just do away. Do high schools in Japan, Singapore, or Korean have high school dances or proms? No wonder schools graduate so few kids who can read at the 12th grade level if they put more time and effort into social activities and sports.

Scott McCall said...

DUDE!!!! DONT GIVE OUR ADMINISTRATION ANY IDEAS!!!

Darren said...

Yeah, Scott, like someone would want to go to a dance with you anyway :-)

Scott McCall said...

hey...i had 2 dates last year to the 2 dances i went to.........

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dont know if its gana be the same this year

Darren said...

Sure, Scott, suuuuuuure.... =)

Ignatius J. Reilly said...

"Eventually, things may change and this may be considered mild," said parent Cheryl Hunter. "But right now, it's inappropriate."

This hardly classifies as common sense, sir! The speaker is essentially saying that if at some point dancing that unqualifiably mimics a sexual act becomes the norm, she'd condone it! This is like claiming that one's views on the legality of abortion are predicted on what the rabble, the unwashed masses, think rather than on intrinsic considerations -- i.e., it's the lemming effect!

"Not much you can do *but* grind when there's nothing but a beat."

I take it you don't cut much of a rug yourself!

Darren said...

Let's not go to extremes, Ignatius. At one time Elvis' shaking of the hips was considered too suggestive to be shown on Ed Sullivan, and on the same show the Rolling Stones had to change the lyrics of one of their songs to "Let's Spend Some Time Together". Today, neither the hips nor the lyrics would merit a second glance.

You went over the deep end with the abortion analogy.

gbradley said...

The Principal at Aliso Viejo also has a spine.

Scott must have a sister and a cousin :-)
Sorry Scott Darren got me started. LOL

Darren said...

I liked that Aliso Viejo story so much I just emailed the principal and congratulated him on taking a tough stand.