The True Foundation of Liberty, or my Sixth Grade Lesson in Civil Disobedience.

Meg can always count on Henry David Thoreau when searching for the right topic!

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

In searching for the next thing she could possibly write that did not contain a lurid headline about a Fox News anchor, or blatant lies about wiretaps (or tapps, as someone likes to call them) she came across this photo on Twitter:

empower2 The story behind this photo was a teacher found it in her classroom, and shared it with a friend. I am guessing the students were about 5th grade or so. Some complained and said girls that age would not be very tuned into social issues, or politically savvy, but Meg begs to differ.

It is totally in the realm of possibility for young ladies of that age to have a backbone and a brain, especially in 2017. Meg took a trip into her wayback machine, and landed in the year 1970, where as a young 6th grader, she and her classmates took on the establishment. And by establishment, she means her school principal Miss Sheridan.

Some of you young ones might not realize this, but it was an rule that girls wore dresses to school. This my friends, was even before the days of PANTYHOSE. I believe they had barely just been invented, so imagine all the gear we girls had to wear under our polyester jumpers with fake pleather pockets. The hardware alone to hold up stockings was MONUMENTAL. That year we had a particularly hard winter, and we girls just about had it trying to wear dresses to school. So with careful thought and attention to detail, we put together a petition stating we thought slacks were perfectly appropriate for snow days, and could we please not have red chapped legs each and every day we walked to school?

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Caveat: We did choose to get dressed up for the class photo.

Because we were so polite and thought out our cause, our request was granted by Miss Sheridan. The only rule was no frayed jeans, and that was that.

Meg was kind of disappointed because she dearly wanted to make a protest sign, the kind she saw on TV every night, that said “MAKE LOVE NOT WAR”!  It would have been so incredible to see a pile of dresses, in the previously mentioned polyester, going up in a toxic cloud over the Calvin Coolidge School playground! News stations would break with in with reporters descending on our little town, covering the 6th grade girls protest! Take that school administration!

Alas, all it took was simple negotiation. There is something to be said for the art of being straightforward, honest, and clear minded when negotiating a cause. It’s a lesson she learned in 6th grade, and Meg wishes some of our elected officials could learn a lesson from the intrepid band of girls who just wanted to stay warm on a cold winter’s day.

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One thought on “The True Foundation of Liberty, or my Sixth Grade Lesson in Civil Disobedience.

  1. MAKE TIGHTS NOT PANTYHOSE! Okay, I confess, I wear pantyhose still even though it is now out fashion. It helps in keeping everything captured and reduces the muffin top look.


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