Burning issue in education: Wearing hats in classroom

With a nod to Sports Illustrated's popular feature, could the following be a sign that the educational apocalypse is upon us?

Nashua High School North, according to the Associated Press, will relent on its rules and allow students to wear hats in class.

The no-hats policy strained student-teacher relationships and kept students out of class too much for disciplinary reasons.

Both Lewiston and Auburn high schools enforce no-hat policies and they should keep them.

We'd like to think that men taking off their hats indoors remained an expectation, but a visit to any restaurant or department store would show otherwise.

But on a more practical level, eye-to-eye contact is important in education, and we would hate to be a teacher talking to a classroom full of baseball caps.

It's not too much to have students leave the caps in the locker or backpack.


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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

What better place to hide a

What better place to hide a cell phone, a pack of butts, or a bag of weed than under your ball cap.
When I was growing up Nashua was a hick town. Apparently, the hicks are still running it.


With all the problems with

With all the problems with our education system we have to wonder, Is this a battle worth fighting? I would think people would be more worried about raising the standards then debating a hat issue.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And the liberals are in awe

And the liberals are in awe as to why parents put their kids in private schools whenever they can. The government school system as turned into "Animal Farm".

RONALD RIML's picture

What would you ever do without we 'Lib'ruls' as your

Whipping Boys....

Reckon you'de have to whip it out yourself. If you could find it..... ;)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I'm still not convinced

I'm still not convinced you're a true liberal. You have too much sense at times. I think you might be a borderline conservative who just hasn't been truly mugged yet.
Liberalism almost always brings about the exact opposite of its stated intention. The Great Society; the War on Poverty; The War on Drugs...how are those working?

RONALD RIML's picture

"War on Drugs" is a Conservative Fiasco

I'm a realist. Remember that I was a cop for twenty years in a city that made Lewiston look like Anne of Green Gables.

And I've been beaten senseless on more than one occasion until the cavalry arrived..... :0

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

So, the smile in the photo

So, the smile in the photo was forced? What does the one bar on the collar stand for? Lieutenant, perhaps?
How does the war on drugs become a conservative matter? I don't understand your comment.

RONALD RIML's picture

Decriminalization of drugs is a liberal concept.

Ergo the "War on Drugs" is Conservative in nature.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Do you favor the

Do you favor the decriminalization of recreational/social drugs? Ever watch "Breaking Bad"?

RONALD RIML's picture

Yes, I do - and No I haven't watched it

Research this site.......

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an international organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies. Our experience on the front lines of the “war on drugs” has led us to call for a repeal of prohibition and its replacement with a tight system of legalized regulation, which will effectively cripple the violent cartels and street dealers who control the current illegal market.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I see that turning into

I see that turning into thriving business as usual for the illegal entities and a world of restrictions, regulations and hassles by the 'heat' for those trying to play the system legally. The street dealers will go on untouched.
My worst fear is that the number of zombies walking the streets and driving cars would probably quadruple with legalization; and I'm not just referring to pot, which is the least of my concerns. My son is always telling me he'd rather have his daughter using pot than alcohol. I always say, "Neither would be nice".

RONALD RIML's picture

You had Capone with Prohibition

and the street gangs with drug prohibition.

Once RJ Reynolds and American Tobacco get into the Pot Market with Uncle taxing it, t'will be a piece of cake.....

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

It does have potential if pot

It does have potential if pot were the only consideration, but what about all the other stuff, cocaine, morphine, heroine, meth, crack, reds, speed, acid? (I realize some of the aforementioned a merely redundancies or derived from others). That's a lot of stuff to put under the control of govt.

RONALD RIML's picture

Spend more time than one afternoon researching the issues.

Nothing is simple. But if you're convinced that we're on the right track now - then simply quite bothering about it.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Pirating keeps me too busy to

Pirating keeps me too busy to afford me the time it would take to spend afternoons or any other time researching things, and the parrot can't be trusted, since he, too much' seems to favor MoveOn.org.as his primary source of authenticity. Consequently, I have to rely on other sources that may not be as reliable as you or I might like them to be, which, of course accounts for my occasional , but rare inaccuracy. (clears throat before continuing) One thing is mighty clear, though. The War on Drugs as we know it is an absolute failure.

RONALD RIML's picture

Failure?? Not for those who profit by it...

Ironic though, that the supposedly freest country in the world also has the highest incarceration rate.......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Freedom is like rope; give a

Freedom is like rope; give a man enough rope and he'll hang himself--give him too much and he'll f**k it up.

RONALD RIML's picture

No wonder conservatives hate freedom so much....

Whenever it's allowed to others.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Not so. What causes me to

Not so. What causes me to balk is when "others" try to gain a freedom at the expense of one of mine. No man's right should come at the expense of placing the burden of this right on the back of another man. That's what liberals like to do; equal distribution is a good example. Take from one class of individuals and give it to another group. Last I heard that was communism.

RONALD RIML's picture

Fuzzy logic

Who is gaining a freedom at the expense of one of yours???

Only in your imagination.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Ever hear of affirmative

Ever hear of affirmative action?
Illegal aliens are being granted college tuition rates that are lower than what is being charged to instate American born students. California or Arizona; not quite sure which.

RONALD RIML's picture

"Illegal Aliens??"

California and Arizona - Land which we conquered and stole from Mexico......

It all depends upon who'se 'Ox is being Gored'

Payback tends to be a Be-yetch

Steve  Dosh's picture

Burning issue in education: Wearing hats in classroom

ed. 12.10.03 noon hst •
. . Burning issue ?. .l o l . .i wore a hat for > 7 years. .when i v ol u n t e e r e d in the local classromms ( K - 6 = 7 ) . You should , too :D

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

And you turned out just fine,

And you turned out just fine, didn't you, Steve?

RONALD RIML's picture

One does not wear hats indoors.

Confiscate them if they are so worn.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You can't even get them to

You can't even get them to take their hats off during the playing of the National Anthem. Hell, in many cases, you can't get most of them to even stand up.
There are so many in this country who are totally undeserving of what we, as Americans, have.
Now, we have schools telling the kids it's o.k. to be stupid and ill mannered.

RONALD RIML's picture

I remember a Latin Teacher

Father Toolan

Smacked one of my classmates so hard he popped every zit on that side of his face....... Then he wiped his hand off on his cassock. Yecch!!!!

Ain't adolescence a bee-yitch!!!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

We had nuns and brothers as

We had nuns and brothers as instructors. The brothers, with few exceptions, were storm troopers. And, there was one nun in particular, her name escapes me, (perhaps out of fear) who repeatedly cracked heads up against the wall. She seemed to most enjoy doing it to the taller boys. She, herself, was probably 5' 10" or 11" tall. Mean.
I started out being left-handed; came out of there ambi-dexterous.
Those were scary years.

RONALD RIML's picture

Must admit that no attempt was made to cure me of my

left-handed (sinister) inclinations.


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