Uptight Schools Make Huge Mistake Copying 'Footloose'

It seems someone has to remind high schools in New England that Footloose and Dirty Dancing were movies. Schools are cracking down on so-called "dirty dancing" and are even canceling school dances because of it. It's insane and it will backfire.

Grinding, or "dirty dancing," has been even more popular in recent years, according to the Boston Globe, though my own experience tells me that even 15 years ago when I was in high school, this was already happening. Let's face it: The thing we tell kids NOT to do is more often than not the thing they will then most want to do.

Need we remind teachers, administrators, and parents what happened in Footloose and Dirty Dancing?


In both cases, teachers and authority figures lost. Dancing won. Besides, as sexual as the dancing may LOOK, it's just simulated. What happens when the dance is canceled and John and Amy are left to their own devices? It's the stuff teen pregnancies are made of.

Look, kids are going to do what kids are going to do. If we act like puritanical weirdos, it will make it even worse. I will never be that mom who lets my kids have boyfriends/girlfriends into their rooms unsupervised or gives my underage child liquor or drugs. But I won't freak out if my kid is at a school-sponsored event dancing fully clothed with a member of the opposite (or same) sex.

As far as I am concerned, it's way (WAY) better than the alternative, which, as I recall, is back seats of cars, chaperone-less basements, and far more "private" venues for their fun. If they think dirty dancing at a school dance is cool, who knows what they might do in private? Personally, I don't want to know.

This whole notion that dancing leads to fornication is so 1950s, it's laughable. Let's remember for a moment that we were all once teenagers. When people told us not to do something, we rushed right in and did it. It's a huge mistake on the school's part not to take this into consideration.

I am guessing each of those schools that has canceled dances will soon also see a rise in STDs and teen pregnancies. Or not. But either way, it's a really lame choice.

Do you think banning dances is silly?


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