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Are school dress codes fair?

Strictly referring to school - Are dress codes fair?

I've taught for quite a few years now, and from a personal standpoint, I was quite glad when my school revamped the dress code. It's not so strict as to insist on uniforms for students, but it still is detailed enough to counteract some risque styles.

I teach at an elementary school. I believe things should be enforced to a point even more consistently at the high school level.

There's a point when a line has to be drawn, and I still would imagine that in many schools, the dress codes are still pretty lenient.

Here is what our dress code states:

9.12 Student Dress Code
Students attending the XXXXXX XXXXXXXX School are expected to conform to the following dress regulations:
1. Items of dress will be worn that are no shorter than fingertip length when standing with hands to one's side.
2. Boxer shorts, sleeper lounge pants, cut-offs or frayed hems will not be allowed.
3. Spandex clinging or skintight clothing will not be allowed.
4. Shoes must be worn at all time.
5. Mesh shirts or tank tops may only be worn under or over an acceptable shirt, blouse, or sweater.
6. Shirts must be long enough to cover the stomach area.
7. If pants are too large to remain at the waist area, a belt must be provided.
8. Garments with holes will not be allowed.
9. All clothing should be in good taste. Clothing with obscenities, cigarettes, drug information or sexual connotations will not be allowed.
10. Hat will not be worn indoors except by special permission.

Now, what exactly is the purpose of a dress code? The primary reason for being in school is to learn. Some items of dress are a distraction and may hinder the learning process.

If a teenage boy is sitting in class studying the history of Ancient Rome and the girl next to him is wearing a skimpy outfit, what do you think will dominate his attention? There's virtually no way history can compete.

If you are having issues with this topic in your school district, talk to a school board member, teacher, principal, or maybe even write a short letter to the editor of the local newspaper.

I try to eliminate distractions from my sixth grade room. The clothing today's youth wear can take away from learning. I feel that a specific dress code is becoming an essential step schools must take to keep their students learning.


At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do private schools have uniform and not the public schools?

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Tachizuno said...

Some public schools have uniforms.

Private schools are funded differently also, and I think many of them choose to use uniforms to avoid a social class war within the walls. It keeps them on an even level while they're at school, and also gives them all a sense of unity, or togetherness.

A vast majority of students in private schools come from wealth.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger CrafterMute said...

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At 2:54 PM, Blogger CrafterMute said...

from "Rules for dating my Daughter" :

Rule Three: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys your age to wear their trousers so loosely that they appear to be falling off their hips. Please don't take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object. However, in order to ensure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric nail gun and fasten your trousers securely in place to your waist.

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Tachizuno said...


At 10:50 PM, Blogger CaptnSaj said...

It hasn't been that long since I graduated high school (7 years) - I wish we were required to wear uniforms. It puts everybody on a level playing field - the rich kids look like the poor kids, blacks dress like whites, etc..

If kids want to show their "individuality" and "creativity" they can take an art or lit class.

To be honest, to this day I still have a few pairs of jeans and shirts that I just rotate throughout the week.


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