Porma over substance. I’ve recently encountered this phrase over and over on the reviewers I studied for a Teacher’s Board Exam. Chimes45 of yahoo answers explained it best — “It usually means that the content or subject doesn’t matter as much as the appearance or the structure of something. In other words, it doesn’t have to make sense as long as it’s visually appealing.”
Porma over substance. Recently, my kids’ school has made such a big deal over beauty pageant/search were kids from pre-elementary and elementary were made to parade in thick makeup, hair extensions, false eyelashes, spent so much money and made so much fuss over such shallow pursuits instead of giving their time and focus on improving competent learning with meaningful activities.
I don’t think that search/pageant is an intellectual or even a meaningful activity for kids ages 4 to 13. For how will it teach the little ones? That thick makeup, expensive change of clothes and swaying hips will give them confidence? Shouldn’t we be teaching our kids to be confident just the way they are and to be themselves? Wouldn’t thick makeups, hair extensions and false eyelashes be teaching them the opposite? If they want to teach kids confidence in themselves, they can achieve all that in some other way.
I have nothing against beauty pageants. I love pageants. All I’m saying is that pageants aren’t effective and suitable platforms to mold children as young as pre-elementary and elementary into smart and confident individuals.
Sadly, my kid was one of the contestants on that said pageant. When I consented to let my daughter join the pageant, I thought it was just an ordinary and simple search/pageant, very much like the simple and unimportant academic events of their school. But I learned soon enough that they are making a big production out of of the pageant. I didn’t like the idea so I made my point. I just regretted that my kid has to be the medium to which i can deliver my point. Luckily my kid is too intelligent and aware of her worth that she wasn’t affected by the sidelong and yes, even pitying glances they gave her when she stood out like a sore thumb by taking the ramp in simple unassuming attires and makeup. If I so wanted her to blend in, I would have given the other parents a run for their money.
Porma over substance. It should have been the other way around. I am really disheartened with the school. If truth be told, I am mulling on transferring my daughter to another school next school year where the school and I share the same important values in educating a child. I don’t want a school were stuffs like pageants are given higher importance and attention compared to their academic events.
Porma over substance. I am truly, truly disheartened and disappointed. They should have focused more on how to put their school on the map by producing quality pupils. And how can they do that when they give more importance and spent more on things like pageants?
Porma over substance. Others may not view it that way. But that’s my two cents worth on the issue of pageants for gradeschoolers.