OK, weird thought of the day.
We have an exchange student staying with us. From Brazil. A 16-year-old girl. Shes a sweetheart, mature for her age, no trouble at all.
But due to a series of snafus shes going to a local private Catholic school. The plan, since she comes from a private Catholic school setup in Brazil, was for her to experience the American Public School system. The crossed wires in the whole proceedings that led to this could take up a couple blog entries by itself; and thats not the weird stuff. Well, it kind of is, since Im a bit horrified at the whole Catholic school thing. I have ABSOLUTELY no Catholicism in me. Nada. So this is the last educational option I would have chosen for anyone. Or anyone I cared about. But shes not horrified, and her family thinks this is the best option left to us, so Im happy to do what they think is best for her.
Anyway, the weird. The school has a policy prohibiting all girls in the school from using the bathrooms for the duration of the lunch hour (to include the next class period).
This policy has the avowed outcome of preventing bulimia in the bevy of teenaged girls in the schools care.
The boys are allowed to use the bathroom since, it is reasoned, the guy who yacks up his lunch in order to meet his wrestling weight is not suffering from an incipient mental illness. This is all so just-give-the-priest-some-chastity-pants I can hardly contain myself. Put a cork in it and the icky stuff will stop flowing, right?
I guess this isnt that far off from school uniforms. Well, yes it is. OK, yeah, WAY off. This seems so... draconian and lacking any spark of psychological savvy.
Is this really reasonable and I just dont get it?