Let me say up front that I’m a believer in public education, and I reckon that most (although not all) teachers in public schools do a great job.
However, I’m a bit sick of the whole “No Hat, No Play” policy that ACT public schools subscribe to. Don’t get me wrong – in the middle of summer it’s important to ensure that kids are protected. But at this time of year? Come on. One day last week one of my kids was told by a teacher that he couldn’t play outside at morning tea because he didn’t have his hat. Apparently the only months where it’s safe for kids to play outside without a hat are June and July.
Obviously, most teachers are sensible about this sort of thing. But I find it concerning that some teachers are so lacking in common sense as to prevent a hatless child from playing outside for 20 minutes in late May. And at 10.30 in the morning to boot!
I’d be interested to know if this is just a public school thing, or whether independent schools have the same approach, i.e. compulsory hat-wearing all year except June and July.