Huang, Shu- Ling
07 September 2006
In regard to regulations restricting junior high school students on their attirement, hair style and appearances, the Ministry of Education (MOE) had announced in a letter dated January 20, 1987 with reference no. 02889 to abolish the ¡§Students¡¦ Hair length Standard¡¨. In addition, to operate in coordination with relevant rules and regulations that had continuouslly been amended and published, MOE had held numerous meetings to review reports from Bureaus of Education. MOE reiterated via news media and issued letters to Educational Administrative Agencies nation-wide that in accordance to Teachers¡¦ Act, schools should adopt and synthesize opinions from school administrators, teachers, parents, student representatives, and etc., to establish their own policy with regard to students¡¦ attirement, hair style and appearances. Starting from the academic year 2005, rights of students should be respected and stipulated in school disciplines. Schools that cite the abolished MOE regulations in current school disciplines and student handbooks should speed up in reviewing and amending the rules. In view of democracy and human rights concept, and to repect individual conscious of students, schools are requested not to restrict students to a certain type of hairstyle and punish students according to any standard. Instead, schools should respect individual choices, allow different opinions, and embrace diverse concepts toward beauty based on natural, neat and tidy premises. Furthermore, schools should focus their education on development of students¡¦ character and to enhance life and esthetics education, so as to strengthen and promote students¡¦ ability to self discipline and be independent. This research collects data from various surveys as well as coments and suggestions from scholars and experts before and after the hair regulation being abolished. The analysis is done vertically and horizontally from historical point of view and functional angle, assited with comparison among countries using similar hair regulation systems. It probes into Taiwan¡¦s hair regulation system to seek out and propose an ideal direction to fit in today¡¦s society of diverse value and to train up students with moral integrity and independent personality.
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