An episode of "Leave It to Beaver" this week referenced Wally wearing what would now be called an "extreme hairstyle". June, unable to deal with the matter herself, contacted the school's principal for advice in dealing with the situation (OK, she wanted him to ban it so she wasn't the bad guy).
Clearly this is a show from the 1960's, and not today. Because the principal used very good sense. "Extreme hairstyles are a boy's first real experience with self expression. If you ignore them, they quickly realize themselves that they look ridiculous, and the problem goes away". And indeed, by the end of the 24 minutes, they had.
I think he exercised good sense. And basically, in this case so will I.
I'm going to tell Myron that while I disagree with the school's ban, it is there, in black and white, in the student handbook. And he has to go to school by law at 14. I can't afford to transfer him to a more tolerant school (and isn't it interesting that those who preach "tolerance" the loudest are the most intolerant of anything they themselves don't countenance), and I can't stop working to home school him, so the dye is going to have to go.
I believe there is some sort of dye that washes in and out at will, and I will approve his use of that during non-school times (weekends, and vacations, if he still insists on doing this by then). I'm not going to paddle him.
I can understand a ban on behaviors that are disruptive. I can even understand a school requiring a uniform, in which case green hair would definitely not be on the cards. But the picking and choosing of what some administrator considers to be "freaky" is hypocritical. Still, Myron is better off learning now that when you are under the control of others, and that will happen everywhere in life unless you are Steve Jobs, sometimes you just have to suck it up. Life isn't fair.