Saturday, January 27, 2007

School Dances

This week, teachers at my school were given a copy of the adjustments made to our school dance policies. The type of dancing that has taken place at recent dances prompted action by the administration. This is yet anothe top-down directive that involved few teachers and fewer students. The thought is that if the "dirty dancing" doesn't stop, the school will cancel dances.

In the past, chaperones have been asked to put a stop to dancing that is more in line with rap videos than high school social gatherings. As the dancing trend grew in popularity, the number of teachers comfortable chaperoning dances has diminished. It is quite awkward to approach two teenagers engaged in grinding on each other and ask them to separate--only to have to do it again a few songs later.
Now, the new rules require that chaperones take the approach found in The Scarlett Letter. When two students are asked to end their grinding session, chaperones are expected to mark the back of the students' hand, a sign of their "dirty dancing." This way, if they are caught again, they are asked to leave the dance. In addition to the hand mark, students' names will be placed in a data base of offenders.
I don't mind chaperoning dances. These events give our students a safe place to enjoy themselves. But with all of this effort to stop them from dancing inappropriately, maybe we ought to get out of the school dance business altogther.

9 Comments:

At 9:44 AM , Blogger the anonymous teacher said...

I chaparoned my first dance during Homecoming Week. I was disgusted by what I saw. I don't think I'm a prude, but if students can't interact with one another appropriately, then possibly they should go somewhere else.

I love school dances. I like to see students cut loose. I like to see them engaging in safe activities, but dear Lord!! I can't imagine their parents approving of that kind of dancing...

Maybe that's the solution...invite the parents. Have them come and hang out. I feel like a young girl's dad will have more of an influence than I will.

 
At 4:07 PM , Blogger Polski3 said...

Its the "music". Cut loose with some classical waltz or square dance fiddle tunes, and that will put a stop to any "dirty dancing" !

:-)

 
At 5:06 PM , Blogger happychyck said...

Geez! We adults are always taking away all the fun, aren't we? I bet there be some parents complaining somewhere about this Scarlett Letter approach. I really like polski3's ideas. Probably save money on the DJ who plays that music, too!

 
At 5:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, its just a way to dance people...there just having fun, its not like anything is going to happen between the students after they dance? what kids these days dance the waltz or foxtrot? its just how we do it these days...your not going to change that. So theres no point in making a huge deal out of it because your just wasting your time. Im not being mean or anything but that's just the way it is!

 
At 5:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

changing music to walts would not work!!! students just wont come at all
marking students hands will just get an empty roon in about an hour!!!!
theres nothing wrong with how we dance its just how we dance!
its not like we are going after the dance and have sex with each other
no
and cutting the dance out then students will get bored
we need to have fun sometimes

 
At 3:23 PM , Blogger hannah said...

i just have to say if you end up marking students hands they will stop wanting to come to dances. they will have there fun one way or another and it is much safer to have it being "dirty dancing" than something else were they are alone with eachother. they need to be allowd to grow up and express themselves however they want to. it will occur with or without you so it might as well happen when they are supervised

 
At 10:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not the music! It's the teachers running the dances. The teachers need training on how to run a dance. Read the book: "Orgainzing School Dances Stress Free" By Tommy G. Jewell
see organizingschooldances.com

 
At 12:37 AM , Blogger Zoe said...

Well I grind at my school dances. I have a boyfriend and we kiss and all but we are not sexually active at all.
But a few kids are... and if a guy and a girl are grinding but they end up getting kicked out together imagine what they will do. They will probably be turned on by the dancing... Since there would be no chaperones once they are kicked out and their parents would expect them to be at the dance until it ends.. they could get away with dirtier things when no one is watching. Grinding isnt like sex. People fully clothed. Grinding is Grinding. It is what it sounds like.
You said "these events give our students a safe place to enjoy themselves". Of course it will when a couple gets kicked out together. They will be in a safe place where no one can see them... enjoying themselves quite a lot. Think About It. haha :]

 
At 7:59 PM , Anonymous vicodin 5 500 mg dosage said...

come on, give the child some freedom in dancing....


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