Posted by: Spacehamster74 | 11/11/2010

It may not be a democracy but it at least has to be fair

I wasn't surprised to read that Ivanhoe Girls Grammar wouldn't invite same-sex couples to the school formal. I was even less surprised after reading this article at Crikey.

It is downright embarrassing to read that the principal doesn’t “think it’s appropriate they feel discriminated against”. For someone who has been the principal of this exclusive school for almost 15 years to not have any understanding of what it might feel like to be a teenager who is marginalised or discriminated against is amazing. And shows a complete lack of empathy.

When I attended the school in the late 1990s there was a lot of pressure on students to attend functions expressly designed for “socialising” with boys. It seems as though nothing’s changed. While at co-educational schools activities such as formals and school plays — high school rites of passage — are organised for the benefit of students, at IGGS it has always been another story.

 Coming from a Public School, I've always had a perception that Private School Education was for the Elite Ultra-Conservative White Anglo-Saxon Landed Gentry. Incidents like these aren't likely to persuade me to change my mind.

And well done to both the girls and their parents for standing up for what they believe in and voting with their feet. What both Hannah and Savannah have experienced was pretty awful. But at least prospective parents and students considering joining Ivanhoe Girls Grammar will know what that school really stands for. 

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