I think school dances are outdated. Back in "the olden days" you went to a dance to get away from home and hang out with friends. Kids don't need that anymore; heck, what with their electronic connectivity they don't even need drivers licenses anymore. In my day we got our drivers licenses as soon as we could, today kids don't seem in much of a hurry to get them (unless they have their own cars). Dances just don't serve the social function that they used to, kids don't need to get away from home to see each other because they can do so on their phones.
In our hypersexualized world, though, dances provide an opportunity for students to hump each other in public and to show off their pelvic thrusts. Why does that bother me? For a couple reasons: first, I don't know that anything good comes from supporting teenagers who act that way, and second, a little discretion is a social grace. Do you want to hear about the wild animal sex I had last night? Shall I post about it, here, in graphic detail? Of course not, no one wants to hear about that. Then why would I want to see it, especially in children?
Today I heard an interesting reason for still having school dances--how else will we raise money? Well, why do we need to raise money? To have a nice junior prom, a nice senior ball, and a graduation downtown at Memorial Auditorium instead of with folding chairs out on the soccer field. Well, stop holding
You can call me old fashioned, but by trying to find something that fits into today's world I'm the very definition of progressive :-)