Four Centimeters of Tolerance

Yesterday I went to enroll my son in high school and instead of a welcome sign I found a blackboard with the following contents:

Regarding the uniform: Females may not wear more than one pair of earrings. Shirts and blouses will be worn tucked in. They will not be altered by clamps, nor cut to fit to the body, nor allowed to be higher than the waistband of the skirt or pants. Do not remove the pockets. The skirts should be 4 centimeters [1.5 inches] above the knee. Skirts worn on the hips are not allowed, nor may they be discolored or have ironing marks. Pants must extend to the height of the shoes. Pants worn on the hips are not allowed. Females may not wear makeup. Bracelets, necklaces, chains and rings are not allowed. Religious objects may not be visible. Shoes must be close-toed and socks white and long. MP3s, MP4s, and cellphones may not be brought to school. Males may not wear earrings, clips or piercings. Belts should be simple and without eccentric, large or stylish buckles and must be black or tan.

Regarding the hair: Haircuts, hairdos and shaves must be correct, eliminating any eccentricity or styles outside the definition of the uniform. Males may not have: long hair, dyed hair, nor any spikes in the hair, nor designs shaved into the hair. Females may not have any dangling jewelry in their hair. Items used to style the hair must be blue, white or black. These shall be of an appropriate size. Males must not have hair longer than 4 centimeters.

Now I wonder if Teo is enrolled in high school, or in a military unit.

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46 thoughts on “Four Centimeters of Tolerance

  1. This dress code has nothing to do with military school or politics, it is a very standard dress code, there is nothing wrong with a skirt 4 cm above the knee and about earring one pair seems reasonable.Would you like to see at school children fashioning earring and piercings in their noses and tongues like the punks we see here in the USA, even here cities are passing laws against low sagging pants and teenagers showing their underwear,etc. There ara a lot of things wrong in Cuba, almost everything is wrong in Cuba and illegal, like the lack of freedom, free enterprise, free press and the party line that it is imposed on everybody denying people the right to express their opinions, but believe there is nothing wrong wit this dress code, what it is not broken do not fix it. I read your blog and I like it very much but on this one I have to dissagree and I think it takes away from the very important and relevant things that you post. Thanks O. Garcia

  2. @Humberto Capiro (EL Avalanchito)

    That is very different perspective, Interesting point of view.
    But i doubt Pakistan was in any position to pay anything.

    As a student of history i don’t understand one thing.
    Castro’s regime may be the devil but look at the conditions that created and elongated its rule. The very sanctions that were suppose to stifle it made it last longer then any other regime in the world. And that created a time capsule. Corner a cat and it will bite back.

    Standing thousands of miles away this is what i see. Castro’s regim found ways and means to bite back, survive. Had evolution and contact(even if unidirectional, outside to in) been allowed things might have been different.

    As for the doctors, my amazement does not comes from the fact they Cuba sent them here free or otherwise but from the fact that it has so many of them. The infrastructure required to produce them. So i am thinking with so little resources how did it do that. I am thinking why cant we do that and we are not even embargoed.

    What do you think?

  3. Rules like that are becoming standard in schools in the United States as well as other parts of the world. It is not about politics, but discipline. The US went too far in allowing freedom and the result was chaos. Now the pendulum is swinging back towards over discipline. I was fortunate to of grown up in a time when there was a little bit of reason left.

    Teo will be a better student if he and his classmates experience discipline and uniformity.

  4. Humberto, what can you expect from a clueless communist putz with barely enough gray matter in his head to fill a thimble.

  5. Yubano! Damierda calling himself “apoor cuban reject with no culture whatsoever” that needs to “go back to sucking and licking white yankees.” has to go into THE YOANI SANCHEZ’ BLOG COMMENTS HALL OF FAME!Been on the floor laughing for about 15 minutes now!

  6. Dumbir

    You are #33 you moron. Are you attacking your own mindless post you stateless imbecile. You are a worthless, clueless, stereotype spewing, scared shitless, no-nothing little twirp with a chip on your shoulder the size of the rock of gibraltar.
    Keeep it coming dirtbag, you have about as much imagination as that rock you have sitting on your shoulder. You have a pathetic obsession with all things Miami. With all it’s faults Miami is still a much better place than whatever shit-hole a social misfit like you lives in.

  7. 35, so I hit the spot and you claim the credit?

    What a wanker. Let me guess, you are a cuban reject who is now living in the slums of Miami, where the conditions are so bad, even La Havana looks like a metropolis, no?

    Of course you and your brethren have so much to bitch about here. Girlies.

    Poofters really.

  8. 36, and that is exactly why team Yoani’s posting is exactly what I said it is. It is distasteful and it misses the point completely.

    How retarded is a comparison between the school and the military? How disgraceful is to use kids and education to crap about the country and the system?

    The lack of the real arguments is forcing the team Yoai to use this type of comparisons because there is NOTHING really that they, in their limited and ignorant metal states, can use.

    And there is a lot actually. Who woud disagree with that?

    Only retarded cuban immigrant rejects like wankers who post here and in tehir impotence and panic insult anyone who does not buy their stupid shit.

    Namely: alberto, yubano, humberto, wannabe siegmund freud (what a telling subconscious choice of nick!!! ), and anyone else the named simpletons hid themselves as.

  9. 33, when yo learn how to speak in the manner you demand from me (and you never will, because you ar just apoor cuban reject with no culture whatsoever), we can talk. Until then, go back to sucking and licking white yankees.

    And take that yubano piece of shit that hangs around here too. It looks like she is in teh heat again and is looking for more white dicks to suck.

  10. I went to catholic school in Brooklyn New York and we had the same rules.
    Yo fui a la escuela catolica en Brooklyn Nueva York y teniamos las misma reglas.

  11. I think it is not the rules themselves that inspire Yoani’s comment.
    I think it is about the control the rebolution (castros & co) have on the Cuban people; perhaps everything in the Cuban life is designed to effect maximun control, to protect the rebolution & its elite.
    For instance:
    by controlling medical benefits they in one hand know where everyone is & on the other hand if benefits are to be used, conformity to the system has to be proven.
    Or, under the guise of keeping the population evenly distributed from an economic prospective, the rebolution regulates & controls movement of population controlling their numbers & can detect threats to its hold on power.
    Or. by controlling the production of food supplies & keeping control on the amount of food alloted to each citizen at a fixed price insures that obedience to the system is observed.
    Or, by controling the media to keep the population ignorant (up to a point, bemba still works)of internal affairs as well as news from the world the population will be more pliant & obedient.
    Just a few of the things a dictatorship can do to help itself in keeping power.
    Of course all this is debatable, motivation etc. yet its what I believe Yoani is trying to express in a very oblique way … considering the limitations she faces w/her comments.
    Just an opinion …

  12. Dumbir

    I’m glad to see that you still ocassionally pop-out from whatever rock you live under to entertain us with your particualr brand of idiotic banter. I see that my comments have hit a sore spot with you since you have now attempted to insult me by mentioning my parents. Your desperate and lame attempts at insult are of course an indication of what a little man you are, a bedwetter, a schoolyard punching bag who still looks under his bed every night to check for puddles and lurking yankee capitalists …. hahaha. By the way, what is a poofter you moron? Whatever it is you can count on getting “poofted” every time you show up you little wanker.

  13. @#33
    Your abusive language, your insults do not communicate anything.
    You complain about the “treatment’ you receive yet you forget about the contents of just about all your “contributions” to this blogg.
    You have consistently a bully, a racist & a bigot, the proof is in the records of past coments w/your name.
    You choose to behave in such a way finding justification in your inability to be “heard”.
    Your lack of self respect, self control & hatefulness renders just about all your comments worthless.
    Perhaps you have a “why me” or “why is everyone against me” mentality … who knows?
    For as long as you choose to behave in such a manner, I think that what you “say” will get lost … I am sure adding to your frustration.
    Perhaps is time for youto learn civility & before you accuse me of “abusing or insulting you” … like you have done before, I repeat my challange … prove it!

  14. 19, you are just a common poofter. You have admitted it, we took the notice, now take your retarded capitralist snout , stick it into a yankee white arse, since that is what makes you happy, and go fuck yourself.

    Can I make it any clearer…?

    No.

    But I do not expect you to say anything intelligent anyway. Your whole existence is about insulting everyone you can. Well, start with your parents. They made one big mistake in their sordid and misguided lives: you.

  15. From 1899 to 1958 the illiteracy rate dropped from 72% (Census of 1899) to 18% (Cuba’s Ministry of Education archives) for persons older than 10 years of age, a remarkable achievement. Cubans were not just literate but also educated.

    There is a pattern from the regime to inflate the percentage of illiterates prior to 1959, by using the illiteracy rate of the 1953 census of 23.8%. Fidel Castro on December 17, 1960, in the CMQ-TV program “Meet the Press” affirmed that “The illiteracy rate in our country is 37.5%.” In the Central Report to the First Congress of the Party in 1975, Fidel said that “on the date of the Moncada (1953), 23.6% of the population over 10 years was illiterate.” [1]. In spite of what Fidel said, the document “V Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba in October 1997, referring to the period before 1959 says “a country with more than 40 per cent of illiterates.” [2]

    The regime eventually acknowledge the real number, which indicated that in 1961 from a total of 929,207 identified as illiterates, 707,212 were taught to read and write; 221,995 did not acquire these skills. [3]

    In 1961 the population over 10 years was 5.15 million, and the number of illiterates 929,207. The actual illiteracy rate based on the regime figures was 18 %, the same percentage than in 1958. It is obvious the cooking of the figures by the regime.

    [1] Fidel Castro Ruz: Informe Central al Primer Congreso del Partido. Editado por el DOR del Comité Central del PCC, Habana, Cuba, 1975, p. 27.

    [2] Granma Internacional 1997, http://www.cartadecuba.org/Doc%20PCC-97.htm

    [3] Verde Olivo (Havana), August 16, 1968, pp. 40-43

  16. This the first time I agree with the Cuban Government on anything.
    All USA schools should adopt the same rules.
    Best regards to you,
    DWS

  17. Joani, I went to state school in London during the 90s our rules were the same, almost word for word. Same for almost all the other state and private schools in the area. Infact, privately funded schools in the UK (Eton, Dulwich College for example)have the most draconian dress and appearance codes and generally authoritarian aproach to education. These institutions lead the charge in the call for returning corporal punishment (caning)for schoolkids.I agree with you that the rules suck but I think it may not be a product of communism, (which I presume you believe, as your blog seems to be focused on the ills of Cuba’s government) so much as imported european models of education standards that remain from colonial times.

  18. Asif from Karachi Pakistan, THOSE DOCTORS ARE SLAVES DUDE!

    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Cuba’s Cash-for-Doctors Program -Thousands of its health-care missionaries flee mistreatment.-By MARIA C. WERLAU

    For decades, Cuba has “exported” doctors, nurses and health technicians to earn diplomatic influence in poor countries and hard cash for its floundering economy. According to Cuba’s official media, an estimated 38,544 Cuban health professionals were serving abroad in 2008, 17,697 of them doctors. (Cuba reports having 70,000 doctors in all.)

    These “missionaries of the revolution” are well-received in host countries from Algeria to South Africa to Venezuela. Yet those who hail Cuba’s generosity overlook the uglier aspects of Cuba’s health diplomacy.

    The regime stands accused of violating various international agreements such as the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and ILO Convention on the Protection of Wages because of the way these health-care providers are treated. In February, for example, seven Cuban doctors who formerly served in Venezuela and later defected filed a lawsuit in Florida federal court against Cuba, Venezuela and the Venezuelan state oil company for holding them in conditions akin to “modern slavery.”

    They claim the Cuban regime held the funds Venezuela remitted for their services and then paid them—an arrangement they say is a form of “debt bondage.” They also say they were forced to work extremely long hours in dangerous areas, including urban zones with high crime rates and the jungle. (The Venezuelan government and its oil company are challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case; Cuba hasn’t responded.)

    Starting in 2002, Hugo Chávez agreed to pay—mostly with subsidized, cheap Venezuelan oil—for Cuba to provide health care to marginalized populations in Venezuela at no cost to patients. But in the past several years he has expanded the effort to other countries, helping to build support for his regional Marxist agenda while keeping the Cuban economy afloat.

    Cuba won’t release its agreements with host countries, but details have emerged in open sources, including in Cuba’s official media. These show that typically the host country pays Cuba hard currency for each health worker and provides accommodations, food and a monthly stipend generally between $150 and $350. Cuba covers airfare and logistical support, and it pays salaries to the health-care workers out of the funds it holds.

    Cuba’s global health projects also receive support from the developed world. In 2005, at least $27 million was donated to Cuba’s Haiti mission, including from France and Japan. International goodwill also translates into direct aid. In 2008, Cuba received $127 million from OECD countries. These transfers explain the recent rise in Cuba’s export of services, to $8.6 billion in 2008 from $2.8 billion in 2003. Representing 75% of GDP, they generate far more income than any other industry.

    Cuban doctors go abroad because at home they earn a scant $22-$25 a month. When they work in other countries, they typically get a small stipend in local currency while their families back home receive their usual salary plus a payment in hard currency—from $50 to $325 per month.

    But with the state as sole employer and the citizens forbidden from leaving the country without permission, the system is tailor-made for exploitation. Several Cuban doctors who have served abroad tell me that in addition to very long hours they may not drive a car, leave their dwellings after a certain hour, or speak to the media. In some countries they are only allowed to associate with “revolutionaries.” Thousands of Cuban health professionals have deserted world-wide. Almost 1,500 have made it to the U.S. alone since 2006, according to a Department of Homeland Security report in March.

    Cuba’s profitable global business has ramifications for its own health-care system. It’s been extensively reported, by Cuba’s independent journalists as well as by the occasional Westerner who ends up in a hospital for the common people, that Cubans face a chronic shortage of doctors and dilapidated health facilities. Patients or their families must even bring their own food and linens to the hospital.

    Meanwhile, the mass production of Cuban doctors for export has led medical associations in host countries such as Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Portugal to question their experience and credentials. Some Venezuelan doctors have complained of being fired and replaced by Cuban missionary physicians. And a few years ago the Bolivian press reported that the country’s medical association was complaining about thousands of unemployed health professionals who were earning considerably less than what Mr. Chávez was paying for Cubans.

    Humanitarianism cannot be selective. Cuba’s health workers deserve full protection of local and international laws, its citizens deserve access to adequate health care, and patients everywhere deserve accountability from their health-care providers.

    Ms. Werlau is executive director of nonprofit Cuba Archive, a human rights organization.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703977004575393202684254756.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  19. In a nation sounded under siege by United States embargo that is natural to expect.
    It is however the same school system that sent more then 2300 doctors to Pakistan when the earthquake hits in 2005.

    It may be frustrating for you not being able to do the things you want. But then you guys live a stage time wrap. Despite of that what we say million miles away from Cuba was amazing.

    Result of a school system that was able to survive a new environment and yet help others.

    I say they had amazing tolerances.

  20. Damir — You are a bitter, bitter human being. Perhaps one day you will eventually find happiness in your life.

  21. @#18
    while in the continent visiting friends I saw you …
    The way we dress, the way we talk, the way we think is all a form of expresion.
    Within the boundaries of respect, what does it matter if the hair is longer that 4cm
    che’s surely was … add to it he seldom bathed, el chancho was not just a nickname.
    You didn’t look up to the standard you defend …

  22. BELOW ARE SOME CUBAN FACTS, THE LINK IS AT BOTTOM. THE INFORMATION OF TABLE IS IN FOUR COLUMNS WITH COUNTRY NAME FIRST AND PERCENTAGE INCREASE LAST IF YOU READ LEFT TO RIGHT!

    Education

    Cuba has been among the most literate countries in Latin America since well before the Castro revolution, when it ranked fourth.

    Table 1. Latin American Literacy Rates

    Country – Latest Data Available for 1950-53 (in %) – 2000 (in &) – Increase (in %)

    Argentina 87 97 11.5%
    Cuba 76 96 26.3%
    Chile 81 96 18.5%
    Costa Rica 79 96 21.5%
    Paraguay 68 93 36.8%
    Colombia 62 92 48.4%
    Panama 72 92 27.8%
    Ecuador 56 92 64.3%
    Brazil 49 85 73.5%
    Dominican Republic 43 84 95.3%
    El Salvador 42 79 88.1%
    Guatemala 30 69 130%
    Haiti 11 49 345.5%
    Source: UN Statistical Yearbook 1957, pp. 600-602; UN Statistical Yearbook 2000, pp. 76-82.
    a. Data for 1950-53 are age 10 and over. Data for 1995 are age 15 and over, reflecting a change in common usage over this period.
    b. Data for Argentina 1950-53 is current as 1947 data, the latest available, and reflects ages 14 and over.
    c. Data for 2000 are age 15 and over.

    http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu/FACTS_Web/Cuba%20Facts%20Issue%2043%20December.htm

  23. Cuba has had one of the most literate populations in Latin America since well before the Castro revolution. Cuba national illiteracy rate was 18% in 1958, ranking third in Latin America. Cuba was the Latin American country with the highest budget for education in 1958, with 23% of the total budget earmarked for this expense. This data is found in the archives of Cuba’s Ministry of Education.

    The female percentage, in relation to the total student population, was the highest in the Western Hemisphere including the US. According to the United Nations Statistics Division yearbook of 1959, shows Cuba having 3.8 university students per 1,000 inhabitants, well above the Latin America median of 2.6.

    Cuban texts books were exported to several Latin American countries, bringing $10 million revenue in 1958.

    UNESCO (1960) recognized Cuba as the only Latin-American country which since 1940 reached the goal that all the teachers possessed a title of normal school or university pedagogy title.

  24. Get a clue. Dr. Orlando Biscet of the LAWTONFOUNDATION, has a good website we should all visit and enlighten ourselves. What happens in Cuba is shameful and I am sorry some here support and endorse that abusive system . Just be grateful you have the rights to express yourself. Thank you all who make this blog posible as its always fun to read ALL the comments. Venezuela is planning on getting a Cuban style LIBRETA… is that not just funny? I would like to help Yoani to get to her awards in Austria, if she can not go then THATS BULL SHIT.

  25. Hey Stopthebullshit

    What f**ked up country do you live in that you think living in Cuba would be such a picnic? What’s holding you back from taking up residence in the worker’s paradise of castroland and subjecting your kids to that “free” education. Your “bullshit” is as transparant as your username tovarish.

  26. Dumbir you communist cretin, you are one of those retards! What do you suggest we should read in order to become informed granma, TASS, Izvestia. What a moron!

  27. People will always have their retarde opinions to express, but here are more comments from the yanks about their finally realistic understanding of their failure and the reality of CUba:

    http://www.envio.org.ni/articulo/1869

    The fact that some school is asing students to uphold the school’s rules is not going to change these facts, less so a moronic posting from resident losers havig nothing else in life to keep the mbreathing except crying over the lost war with Fidel.

    Losers in every way.

  28. Yoani, what a moronic article! You keep surprising me with your short-sighted and increasingly stupid remarks. What is next? Clean shoes will be a secret sign that one is a hated “communist”?

    Where do you stop thinking with your arse and start thinking with your head? If this is what ticks you off, go to a chatolic school, see what rules are theirs? Auswitz looks like a summer camp in comparison with a chatolic school.

    Get a grip and realise finally that yo have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Stupidity of your articles is only appreciated by resident morons who post here all that bulshit from Miami Herald, and Huffington Post, one more retarded newspaper than the other.

    Ahhh, but Huffington post is paying your bills, right? How much are they paying you for this shit here? 200 dollars? 220 dollars? Or whole 250 dollars per month?

    What a disgrace fro al those who actually want to fight for a real change and real progress for the better, to have losers like Yoani in their midst to make them want to drown into the sand out of shame for being identified as the same people politically!!!!!

    No wonder the rest have gone silent. With this type of “support” from the team Yoani they look like a bunch of retarded idiots.

  29. the least the kids are going to do is study ,because all they do in class nothing and the teachers sell the girls to the tourist for sex.they even take them out of class and take them to the tourist car.

  30. It’s a SCHOOL with school uniform and standards, not a catwalk, you ridiculous fool. If you want your son to be a fashion model, that’s fine, but first he needs to get an EDUCATION and learn some basic discipline (which is obviously lacking at home!).

    You’re very lucky to live in a country where your children’s education is free and guaranteed. I can’t say the Cuban education system is perfect – I mean, look at you with your lies and half-truths and selfishness!

  31. Hi
    Im an Iranian girl
    and I realy know what is a fucking military place
    do you know how we (Iranian people) live in this country?
    you would thank God for not born in iran
    I try to read your web
    thanks so much and sorry for may english :)

  32. WHAT WAS THAT? A LITTLE “REVOLUTIONARY MICE”? THEY HAVE SHRUNK FROM RATS TO MICE!

    MIAMI HERALD: Resistance to the Castro regime is here to stay-BY ORLANDO GUTIERREZ-BORONAT-

    So Fidel Castro went back to college. Or, more precisely, to the iconic front steps of the University of Havana, where the hemisphere’s longest ruling dictator delivered his first public speech after a four-year hiatus from mass rallies and other public events occasioned by severe gastrointestinal illness.
    The purported objective of the rally was to warn students about the impending threat of nuclear war in the Middle East. Castro, who began his political career on the fringes of the student movement at the University of Havana, where he acquired a reputation as a gun-toting agitator, chose not to speak about the island’s pressing issues: the abhorrent denial of civil liberties, the collapsing economy and rampant frustration as the broad reforms some Cubans expected of the younger Castro, Raúl, refuse to materialize.

    Why?

    The Friday speech at the front steps of the university took place on the heels of a daring protest carried out by young pro-democracy activists at the same location. Once the symbol of resistance against the dictatorships Cuba suffered during the 20th century, the University of Havana has been under tight regime control for half a century.

    The protesters were expressing their solidarity with other young human-rights activists arrested in the eastern city of Baracoa who face stiff repression as they lead meetings of the Cuban Youth Forum, where Cubans have been openly discussing issues of concern to the island’s population that Fidel Castro chooses to ignore.

    So the question remains, Why is the once again olive-clad elder Castro putting his health and his prestige on the line in order to counter peaceful and persecuted human-rights activists?

    For the same reason that he reappeared in public precisely when unprecedented talks between Raúl and Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega resulted in the progressive release and exile of many of the 75 pro-democracy activists imprisoned during the “Black Spring” of 2003. These talks took place after the regime did little to save hunger-striking prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo, its violent repression of the Havana street protests of the Ladies in White, (the wives, mothers and sisters of the imprisoned 75), as well as of those in Camagüey by waves of youth activists, and dissident Guillermo Fariñas’s prolonged hunger strike. Those events, punctuated by Tamayo’s death, sparked an avalanche of international condemnation that buried the regime’s propaganda efforts aimed at improving its image after 51 years of its iron-fisted rule.

    The fact is that his own megalomania and the imperative of regime survival force Castro to occupy the center stage. The world’s attention is now shifting from the dictatorship to the civic-resistance movement that increasingly articulates the overwhelming desire for change held by the vast majority of Cub-ans. Nothing better than Castro’s purported resurrection and talk of nuclear war to try to divert Cubans’ and world public opinion away from Cuba’s woes and the actions of the committed activists who have risen to advocate democratic change.

    Resistance in Cuba is real. It is increasingly well-organized, as is demonstrated by the emergence of the National Civic Resistance Front, which coordinated demonstrations in different parts of the island to try to save Zapata’s life, as well as the recent one on the University of Havana steps.

    The resistance will not go away, for it is born out of the pursuit of liberty that has shaped Cuba’s national identity for the past two hundred years. The activists know that through consistent, principled nonviolent action they have forced a totalitarian regime to engage with a Catholic Church it once sought to suppress and ignore, so as to avoid dealing with a resistance that it cannot afford to recognize. When a one-party tyranny is forced by a grass-roots movement to deal with other national actors, it has been forced to enter the terrain of pluralization it so fears to tread.

    Eduardo Pérez Flores, one of those arrested at the University of Havana protest recently wrote in a letter he sent to his mother from his prison cell: “Tell the world that in Cuba they are releasing political prisoners on the one hand and incarcerating more on the other.” He then summarizes the ethos of the Cuban resistance: “I am not afraid of prison. We will remain firm.”

    Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat is a member of the Secretariat of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance in Miami.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/09/05/1808547/resistance-to-the-regime-is-here.html

  33. Have to agree Miguel, Roy, and John Bibb on this one. Like Miguel, I, too, attending a private British school with similar strict rules, but you can also find strict dress-code and accessory rules in U.S. private and some public schools(and Yoani, speaking of a military unit, in some public urban schools in the States, there are security guards who actually pat-down the students, and have the power to arrest them right in the classroom for the most ridiculous of offenses). Freedom of expression in the classroom need not be sartorial, but students should be able to engage in freedom of discourse and thought with their teachers/professors.

    Best wishes and good luck to your son on the start of his new school year!

  34. Britrish Language Definition!

    You forgot the following!

    (1)Narcisist-dominant interest in one’s self; the state in which the ego is invested in oneself rather than in another person
    (2) Mummy and now my new favorite (3) ComaAndante

  35. Fidel Castro def.; (1) fascist dictator, (2) despotic demagogue, (3) cold blooded liar, (4) smile rapist, (5) freedom’s predator, (6) homosexuals slayer, (7) democracies oppressor and (8) psycho’s warmongering who pose a high threat to humanity.

  36. Fidel Castro def.; (1) fascist dictator, (2) despotic demagogue, (3) cold blood’s lier, (4) smile’s rapist, (5) freedom’s predator, (6) homosexual slayer, (7) democracies’ oppressor and (8) psycho’s warmongering who pose a high threat to humanity.

  37. It sounds about the same as the secondary school that I attended in England 40 years ago or the one that my daughter currently attends. I hated it as a teenager, but I can understand it now. School is not a fashion parade or a place for kids to show off their expensive clothing and possessions – it’s a place of learning.

  38. This is totally crazy! I can agree on not bringing MP3s or cellphones thay may disturb during classes, but to go as far as dictating hair styles…whom is that going to harm? Forbidding things and restricting ones personal expression is not they way to go, and will result in more rebelling.

  39. Sounds like military school to me, the teen years are the years for them to discover who they are, to express themselves. Its a phase that all teens go thru, who is anyone to deny them that opportunity, as long as they express themselves in a respectful way without causing anyone any harm I think its perfectly fine, if you deny them that they rebel. I have a daughter that is now turning 22 and when she was a teen she went thru her phases, including dressing gothic, and now a days she is a straight A student in college, in the process of attending Boston Univ. and is a Phi Theta Kappa member (which is a international honor society). Its not 1920, someone needs to bring Fidelita and Raulita into 2010.

  40. Sounds to me like the dress code for just about any Catholic or private school, nearly everywhere in the world. Believe me, high school should not be all about “tolerance” and “freedom of expression”. It should be about learning.

    Socialization is a difficult process for some students. The competition for social status amongst teenagers can be brutal. Uniforms help level the playing field.

    I would count your blessings on this one, Yoani.

  41. ***
    It sounds similar to the rules I had in High School more than 50 years ago. We did not have uniforms–but we had to dress in a style appropriate for school. Levis and boots were permitted on some Fridays. Students are in school to learn–not to put on a fashion show.
    ***
    Parece similar a los reglos que tuve en el preparatorio hace mas que 50 anos. No tuvemos uniformes–pero tuvimos que vestir en un estilo appropriado por la escuela. Permitieron Levis y botas unas Viernes. Los estudiantes estan en la escuela para apprender–no para poner un evento de modas.
    ***
    John Bibb
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