Little Devils Wear Prada

We remember in fourth grade, a little boy being mocked because his family couldn't afford the "Pumps" sneakers everyone was wearing. Now, a poll by the British Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) says that children face increasing bullying and exclusion for not having the "right" clothes and accessories. The poll also found that advertising - most of which is targeted at young people - may be one culprit, with more than 70% of teachers saying its influence has increased from 10 years ago. The ATL's Dr. Mary Bousted says: "Advertising and marketing have made our society increasingly image conscious and our children are suffering the consequences." And keep in mind, the majority of English kids wear school uniforms - we can only imagine what it's like on this side of the pond. [The Guardian]