“It’s a trade-off,” said one board member, Gary Bingham, an insurance agent, in an interview. “Do the parents value his education more than they value a 4-year-old’s decision to make his own grooming choices?”Or does the school board value a foolish consistency more than allowing a 4-year-old to make personal decisions that don't affect them?
If you accept my argument about the genetics of political orientation, then the school board is trying to turn the kid into a conservative (belief in hierarchy and ordained roles), and the parents are trying to turn him into a liberal (self-reliant, autonomous).
I was once in an elementary school PTA executive board meeting where the principal told us, "If we make exceptions, we'll never be exceptional." He said it twice, to make sure we got it. I told him that was the dumbest thing I'd ever heard a college-educated person say. We transferred our kid out of there soon thereafter, and the principal and I never became friends.