November 26, 2018

UK school bans “swank” Canada Goose outerwear to spare kids from “poverty-shaming”

David MenziesMission Specialist

You might think pressure from anti-fur crusaders is behind a British school’s decision to prohibit kids from wearing Canada Goose Apparel. If so, think again.

News reports explain that Canada Goose jackets are under the ban at Woodchurch High School in the Northern England town of Birkenhead, due to fears that students who can’t afford such swank outerwear, will get... “poverty-shamed.”

In an interview with BBC News, the school’s head teacher, Comrade Rebekah Phillips explained the school’s reasoning:

“We are very concerned as a school about poverty-proofing our school environment and, as such, we met with groups of pupils and made the decision in consultation with them.”

In a helpful letter to parents, Rebekah notes: “Some young people put pressure on their parents to purchase expensive items of clothing –even if parents can’t afford it.”

So, in addition to being head teacher, Rebekah has taken on a new role as co-parent to those who lack the ability to say “no” to kids who are demanding expensive winter jackets.

Gee. Thanks Becky! How could those moms and dads at Woodchurch High School ever get by without your parental guidance!

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commented 2018-11-27 13:32:22 -0500
Didn’t Canada Goose just get a government handout a few months back?
commented 2018-11-27 11:59:10 -0500
All students should wear black contact lenses, dont want eye color shaming.
commented 2018-11-27 11:10:23 -0500
The envy just drips off of these SJW lunatics! I certainly will not sit under the judgement of these left wing loons, and if by chance one of them tries to shame any child in front of me, they can expect to be dressed down in proper fashion, in front of the children they profess to coddle, while shaming others. Teachers have become so odious. They are the ones making others feel inferior by their ridiculous projections. People are better off keeping their children home, than allowing them to be manipulated and projected on by these Marxist weasels.
commented 2018-11-27 10:38:32 -0500
They should also ban Blundstone shoes at upwards of $300 a pair, or any other expensive clothing,including underwear. I bet there are many British teachers who would be glad to examine the childrens’ underwear to ensure they are not poverty-shaming. This IS the country that spawned Jimmy Saville,after all.
commented 2018-11-27 09:35:59 -0500
The wingnut lefties across the globe just keep coming up with the most insane notions. “Poverty shaming”? WTF next. News flash – parents buy shit for their kids that they can’t afford all the time. And if parents can afford things lets “rich shame” their kids. Liberalism is a real life brain disorder that is spreading like the infection depicted in the Walking Dead series. I wake every morning praying that this insanity is all just a bad dream but alas it is not. The West has become a dysfunctional hockey team – all left wingers.
commented 2018-11-27 09:02:32 -0500
My husband has a Canada Goose parka. Since I don’t find them particularly attractive and overpriced, I don’t. I didn’t realize people were looking at us together and thinking “look at that horrible man in the Canada Goose parka forcing his poor wife to wear a (beautifully stylish) coat from a different company. I have been shamed without even realizing it (or actually giving a crap).
commented 2018-11-27 08:47:26 -0500
So instead we’ll shame the affluent. That will fix everything.
commented 2018-11-27 02:12:08 -0500
Robert Service, the Bad of the Yukon said it well. He captured the perversity of the human condition.


Because I have ten thousand pounds I sit upon my stern,
And leave my living tranquilly for other folks to earn.
For in some procreative way that isn’t very clear,
Ten thousand pounds will breed, they say, five hundred every year.
So as I have a healthy hate of economic strife,
I mean to stand aloof from it the balance of my life.
And yet with sympathy I see the grimy son of toil,
And heartly congratulate the tiller of the soil.
I like the miner in the mine, the sailor on the sea,
Because up to five hundred pounds they sail and mine for me.
For me their toil is taxed unto that annual extent,
According to the holy shibboleth of Five-per-Cent.

So get ten thousand pounds, my friend, in any way you can.
And leave your future welfare to the noble Working Man.
He’ll buy you suits of Harris tweed, an Airedale and a car;
Your golf clubs and your morning Times, your whisky and cigar.
He’ll cosily install you in a cottage by a stream,
With every modern comfort, and a garden that’s a dream
Or if your tastes be urban, he’ll provide you with a flat,
Secluded from the clamour of the proletariat.
With pictures, music, easy chairs, a table of good cheer,
A chap can manage nicely on five hundred pounds a year.
And though around you painful signs of industry you view,
Why should you work when you can make your money work for you?

So I’ll get down upon my knees and bless the Working Man,
Who offers me a life of ease through all my mortal span;
Whose loins are lean to make me fat, who slaves to keep me free,
Who dies before his prime to let me round the century;
Whose wife and children toil in turn until their strength is spent,
That I may live in idleness upon my five-per-cent.
And if at times they curse me, why should I feel any blame?
For in my place I know that they would do the very same.
Aye, though they hoist a flag that’s red on Sunday afternoon,
Just offer them ten thousand pounds and see them change their tune.
So I’ll enjoy my dividends and live my life with zest,
And bless the mighty men who first – invented Interest.
commented 2018-11-27 02:08:13 -0500
You nailed it Bruce. As someone once told me, “A socialist is someone who has bugger all and wants to share it with you”.
commented 2018-11-27 00:00:21 -0500
Maybe this head teacher should also dress in second hand clothing and shop at the UK’s analogue of Value Village. And confiscate everybody’s lunch and grind it into a mushy paste so everybody will get the same food. This is the sort of lunacy which ruins incentive and makes people less willing to achieve anything great.
commented 2018-11-26 20:33:34 -0500
Stephen, those suggestions sound eminently reasonable. Think of the children! You really should run for office in the next election.
commented 2018-11-26 20:14:33 -0500
Perhaps ban parents from driving children to school because someone’s mom or dad drives a Jaguar, or Bentley, or even a Rolls-Royce and someone else’s parents can only afford a Ford Fiesta.

Hey, why not ban anything expensive? Ban good shoes, good and well made clothes, better quality laptops, better quality pens, nicer school bags… take cues from Somalia on how to dress for class.

Also ban lunch money because someone might not be able to afford the extra-cream filled pastry.

No more iPads; just simple slate boards and chalk hewed from the white cliffs of Dover by the student’s themselves.

What if the next head of the school insists that boys wear only pink, girls fishnet stockings, and that washrooms are genderless? Just idiots pushing their own agendas.
commented 2018-11-26 17:53:12 -0500
Who are they poverty shaming the Muslim kids-too F-ing bad!! Brought to you buy another stupid socialist who doesn’t have a job and has nothing better to do than screw around with everyone’s life’s.
commented 2018-11-26 16:18:27 -0500
If I bought my kid a Canada Goose Jacket , it would be to keep her warm, not boast to other kids that my daughter is rich.
Keith Barnes, The end of Nigel
commented 2018-11-26 15:53:35 -0500
This is all about Marxist low life controlling our education system. Drag them all down to the lowest common denominator then all will be equal. If Comrade Teacher had asked the kids with fancy Canadian jackets, to bring their last years coats to school and give them to the less fortunate, everybody would have been happy.