Skip to main content

British Schools Replace Regular Ties With Clip-Ons

After a few hundred years of making British school students wear ties as part of their school uniforms, many British schools are switching to clip-on ties over safety concerns that the little snowflakes might become injured.

According to an article on the BBC, students at the McCauley Catholic High School are being forced to switch because of fears they will be caught in equipment or catch fire during science class.

School administrators are also concerned they could be "worn in a scruffy style."

As a response, more than 400 people have joined a Facebook protest group to complain that they want to go back to the old ties.

Administrators need to stop and reconsider what they're asking. If millions of tie-wearing kids haven't choked themselves in the past couple hundred years, they're not going to start yet.

Put your energies into finding other safety issues to care about, like whether the precious snowflakes will stab themselves with the school-issued pencils and cafeteria forks.

Like this post? Leave a comment, Digg it, or Stumble it.


  1. Fear of litigation causes people to rethink a lot of things.

    You would think that people would be aware of what they are wearing and adjust accordingly, but not paying attention happens more than we realize with dire consequences.

    My husband's company had a dress shirt/tie policy for all salaried men until someone got caught in machinery and was crushed. He was not a new guy, but he was not dressed properly to repair equipment. It only took a moment of distraction for him to get caught by the tie and pulled into the machinery.

  2. I've never liked ties to begin with. For one thing, they serve no useful purpose. For another, they're merely a status symbol -- a way to say "I'm a professional." But the use of ties by successful professionals is slowly going away. Banks and insurance companies seem to be some of the last of the dinosaurs.

    I AM all about not wearing ties for safety, and the story from your husband's company is an unfortunate one. It's why I don't think ties should be worn at all where there is danger from them (i.e. factories, print shops, etc.) But I can't believe that British school kids have died from an errant necktie.

    Besides, if the school is truly worried about kids' ties catching fire during science class, then the kids shouldn't be wearing clip-ons either. If they're worried about neck damage because someone yanks them, work on the causes of bullying and fighting instead.


Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am accepting comments from people with Google accounts to cut down on spam.
Otherwise, spam comments will be deleted with malicious glee.

Popular posts from this blog

AYFKMWTS?! FBI Creates 88 Page Twitter Slang Guide


Did you get that? It's an acronym. Web slang. It's how all the teens and young people are texting with their tweeters and Facer-books on their cellular doodads.

It stands for "The FBI has created an eighty-eight page Twitter slang dictionary."

See, you would have known that if you had the FBI's 88 page Twitter slang dictionary.

Eighty-eight pages! Of slang! AYFKMWTS?! (Are you f***ing kidding me with this s***?! That's actually how they spell it in the guide, asterisks and everything. You know, in case the gun-toting agents who catch mobsters and international terrorists get offended by salty language.)

I didn't even know there were 88 Twitter acronyms, let alone enough acronyms to fill 88 pieces of paper.

The FBI needs to be good at Twitter because they're reading everyone's tweets to see if anyone is planning any illegal activities. Because that's what terrorists do — plan their terroristic activities publicly, as if they were…

Understanding 7 Different Types of Humor

One of my pet peeves is when people say they have a "dry" sense of humor, without actually understanding what it actually means.

"Dry" humor is not just any old type of humor. It's not violent, not off-color, not macabre or dark.

Basically, dry humor is that deadpan style of humor. It's the not-very-funny joke your uncle the cost analysis accountant tells. It's Bob Newhart, Steven Wright, or Jason Bateman in Arrested Development.

It is not, for the love of GOD, people, the Black Knight scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I swear, if anyone says Monty Python is "dry humor" is going to get a smack.

Here are some other types of comedy you may have heard and are just tossing around, willy-nilly.

Farce: Exaggerated comedy. Characters in a farce get themselves in an unlikely or improbable situation that takes a lot of footwork and fast talking to get out of. The play "The Foreigner" is an example of a farce, as are many of the Jeeves &…

What Are They Thinking? The Beloit College Mindset List

Every year at this time, the staff at Beloit College send out their new student Mindset List as a way to make everyone clutch their chest and feel the cold hand of death.

This list was originally created and shared with their faculty each year, so the faculty would understand what some of their own cultural touchstones might mean, or not mean, to the incoming freshmen. They also wanted the freshmen to know it was not cool to refer to '80s music as "Oldies."

This year's incoming Beloit freshmen are typically 18 years old, born in 1999. John F. Kennedy Jr. died that year, as did Stanley Kubrick and Gene Siskel. And so did my hope for a society that sought artistic and intellectual pursuits for the betterment of all humanity. Although it may have actually died when I heard about this year's Emoji Movie.

Before I throw my hands up in despair, here are a few items from the Mindset list for the class of 2021.

They're the last class to be born in the 1900s, and are t…