One Educator’s viewpoint: School Dress Codes


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Many schools all over have begun to implement a uniform policy that helps to not alienate and identify students by income status thereby creating an unbiased level academic field for all.

The uniform policy and cell phone band in public and private schools are contested and debated by many students.  Male students want to show off their “swagger” style and wear their shirts outside the pants and their pants below their behind parts. Some states have made it illegal to be dressed in this fashion but the behavior continues to persist. Female students are protesting differently by trying to wear blouses that reveal more cleavage than what is allowed. This is to look “Hotter” in the dress code uniforms that they are forced to wear. This behavior continues to go unchecked by most. Students also feel that their phones are connected to their life-line, attire or style in some way or form while in class.

The root cause for all of this unchecked fashion behavior is number one; that the parents allow it or imitate these same behaviors in the home and number two; America has become so obsessed with this “Swagger/Hotter” mentality that the importance of what’s going into the brain is not as valuable as what we are wearing and how we look outwardly.

We are missing the mark in America when the younger and older generation gives in to this fashion focused   “Bling-Bling” life style and doesn’t put enough emphasis on education and culture.

You don’t have to be a religious fanatic to see the eroding of our country’s morals and cultural values. Everywhere you look including the churches, we are accepting this increased lack of self respect and self discipline in our children, our co-workers, our politicians, and even our mates.

As educators we are tasked with providing life-long learners who are socially and morally responsible citizens. Our jobs become very difficult when the people who are part of the same system allows and sometimes accepts these relaxed fashion ideas to be part of their lifestyle as well.

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