I overheard the conversation yet again this afternoon. Elementary school girls were talking about another girl behind her back and putting her down because she is not wearing expensive clothes. I have heard this coming from 2nd through 5th grade students. I have heard it personally at 3 different Palo Alto elementary schools. In talking with some other parents, I am aware of it happening at 8 different elementary schools. And itâ€™s not like this is a new revelation. Iâ€™ve heard things like this for the past 4 years. Iâ€™ve intervened, but only to get blank looks.
I realize that there are a lot of affluent families here, but I find myself upset when conversations like this happen and children are excluded because they donâ€™t wear expensive clothes, shoes, accessories or whatever. The language used is hurtful.
Itâ€™s times like these that I begin to wonder about school uniforms and how they might level the field. When you hear, â€œOh my god - can you believe what she is wearing?â€, followed by a break down description in a disdainful tone of voice coming from a 2nd grader, thatâ€™s when I think about the uniform idea in a more positive light.
Why post today? I'm just more disgusted than usual and am interested to hear from others.