Today’s Wall Street Journal has a page one article on a controversy in the Texas town of Argyle: Should schools permit “freak dancing” at school dances? Parents and some school officials are concerned that students dress and dance too provocatively. The rest is predictable; advocates of restrictions see moral collapse, while opponents compare this to shock over Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips.
I have a simpler question: Why on earth do schools hold dances? Is there any legitimate educational purpose that dances serve? Why is this a controversy in the first place?