(ANSA) - ROME, MARCH 27 - It is forbidden to wear false nails in school, as they are "harmful to health and can also injure classmates".
The recent circular from an institute in the Turin area is just the umpteenth case of a fairly widespread practice: standardizing behavior, attitudes and clothing in the school environment so that they are appropriate to the context.
In the absence of national legislation, there are in fact numerous schools that do not rely solely on common sense but decide to formalize everything with practical indications.
This is confirmed by the surveys that the specialized website Schoola.net periodically conducts, to monitor what is happening in our schools.
One of these, carried out some time ago, seems to clear the field of the idea that the initiative of the Piedmontese president is an isolated episode.
On that occasion, among the 1,300 secondary school students interviewed, more than 1 out of 3 (more precisely 37%) said they were dealing, within their own institution, with behavioral rules judged by those directly concerned to be "strange" if not even "absurd".
You range from not being able to go to the bathroom at certain times of the day to the impossibility of wearing nose piercings, passing through the obligation to leave class during recess and the ban on taking pictures in class if you wear a mask.
In short, the imagination, according to the students, is not lacking.
Even if the fields where the institutional regulations are concentrated seem to focus above all on two specific areas: clothing and the smartphone.
The same research, in fact, indicates that less than 2 out of 5 pupils (ie 38%) say they are free to wear what they consider most appropriate to class.
All the others however, albeit with various nuances, report a school "dress code": for 26% it is put in black and white on a circular, for 33% they are only "suggested" to dress soberly, for 3% a sort of of school uniform.
Another survey by Skuola.net showed that with the first heat, the bans on clothing become even more pressing: about 6 out of 10 students have to pay attention to how and to what extent they reveal their legs (with shorts,
Finally, speaking of bans, one cannot fail to mention the battle that the Ministry of Education and Merit is fighting against the presence of smartphones at school.
An issue on which, however, many institutes have already moved independently for some time.
According to a third survey by Skuola.net carried out a few weeks ago - with 1,800 students as protagonists (once again from middle and high school) - today almost 6 out of 10 students also have written rules on the use of personal devices in the school environment.
To which must be added 21% who have not yet received official indications.