Why not do away with school-sponsored proms?
ZOMG! Outrageous! Crazytalk! Heretical!
Wait a second. Think about it.
Why do school-sponsored proms exist? Why are public school admins involved in encouraging minors to feel compelled to spend gobs of money on a dance, only to then be forced to send teachers in to monitor dress code, dancing styles, possible drug/alcohol possession, etc.?
Now I’m not talking about “banning” anything, gawd forbid. The mommies who think prom is an important life experience are certainly free to organize an event outside of school hours and grounds. I’m only talking about the public school’s involvement in this nonsense.
Did you know that the average cost of prom per girl is over One Thousand Dollars (that source is from 2013, btw)? Sure, there are ways to save money on the dress, maybe not take a limo (No limo? But Daddy, waaah!), do nails/hair yourself, etc. But why should the default option be that girls feel compelled to spend (or ask their parents to spend) any amount of money on this school-driven entertainment? The default option could be… absolutely nothing. And parents who want their teens to participate in a big fancy dance, plus all the extras, can get together to make that happen.
Those parents can then deal with the fallout, instead of public school staff, on the taxpayer’s dime, having to spend time on it.
Recent examples of fallout…
Admins forced to deal with “prom draft”.
Is it worth it? Do we have to continue this “tradition” just because… ? Why?