Springfield Bans Kids From Wearing PJs, Hats When Doing Video School AT HOME

P. Gardner Goldsmith | August 11, 2020
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Springfield, Illinois.

The capital of the state. Sixth most populous city. A place with some of the worst-performing public schools in Illinois, even as government threatens to take away people’s houses if they don’t pay the taxes to “fund” the failing propaganda centers they call "schools."

And now, since the politicians have partially closed school buildings in response to their COVID19 fears, the school administrators are actually telling kids how they can live in their own homes.

According to Fox 32 Chicago, the Springfield School Board just updated its school dress code for “remote learning.” And, guess what? The overlords say students can’t wear pajama pants, slippers, or hats while on camera. IN THEIR OWN HOMES.

Springfield Public Schools officials said they hope students approach online classes the same way they would attending classes in person and that means following a dress code that also bars hoods, sunglasses and bandannas, among other things. The district said students should also be ‘sitting up out of bed preferably at a desk or table’ during remote learning, according to its school manual.

That’s right, kids. Now, the government not only can threaten to take away your parents’ house should they not shell out the taxes the city demands, the bureaucrats will make you get on a video camera five days a week and dictate what you'll wear on your legs and feet while you do. Not only that, the city claims the moral and legal authority to ban hats and hoods, even if you might be warmer in your home when wearing them. And, of course, the government claims the power to tell you not to wear a bandana, even though some political “health advisors” out there have told people that a bandana is magically helpful at stopping a virus.

Does anyone in Springfield get that crawly feeling they’ve been thrown into an Orwellian dystopia?

In Orwell’s “1984,” protagonist Winston Smith was always under camera scrutiny. No place was safe. In the morning, every morning, he rose to stand in front of the Telescreen, where a government instructor would command him to do calisthenics, and berate him if he didn’t do them properly.

This is where Springfield is. Right now. Children will be forced to go on camera every day, dressed in conformity to government commands. And what happens if they don’t comply?

‘If there is a specific concern as it relates to dress code, we will address it individually with the student and their family,’ district spokeswoman Bree Hankins said in a statement.

That’s non-responsive and vague. But it ought to tell anyone with a few brain cells that the government is now poised to punish children for not dressing as the government commands them to dress IN THEIR OWN HOMES.

Does anyone need any further evidence to acknowledge how overbearing and authoritarian public education is? Does anyone need any more information to spur them into action?

The Springfield, Illinois, School Board and Springfield Mayor James Langfelder might be interested in hearing from people. As of now, it appears that folks won’t be punished if they wear “the wrong clothes” when they call the numbers on the government websites.

But perhaps the government will figure out a way to do that, someday, as well.