A Not-So-Drab Revolution
What's revolutionary about nine-year-old girls going to school in bright-colored clothes?
Quite a bit, if the country is Iran, and the change to light greens, pinks, or yellows comes after years of state-mandated blacks, browns, and navies. The Ministry of Education has decided a touch of color benefits the mental health of children and "helps to create a cheerful atmosphere."
Sound thinking, but why doesn't it apply to children older than 9, too?
The guardians of Iran's revolution, known for their conservatism in all matters social, must realize a taste for color - for choice and individuality, actually - can't be turned off at the end of the primary grades.
With more Iranian women breaking with tradition and entering college - which fosters independent thinking even in still theocratic Iran - the seeds of future change are being sown at both ends of the education spectrum.
Evolving Iran remains one of the world's more interesting sights.
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