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 it's not like this is a new revelation. I've heard things like this for the past 4 years. I'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 don't wear expensive clothes, shoes, accessories or whatever. The language used is hurtful.
It's times like these that I begin to wonder about school uniforms and how they might level the field. When you hear, “Oh my god - can you believe what she is wearing?", followed by a break down description in a disdainful tone of voice coming from a 2nd grader, that'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.