Friday, October 15, 2010

School Dress Code: The Double Standard

At my school, we have a very strict dress code. Skirts and shorts may be no shorter than three inches above the knee, sweatpants can not be rolled at the waste. No holes in jeans unless some type of covering i.e. leggins or underarmor are underneath (this does in fact include holes around the ankle area, trust me, I know). People should not be able to see bras or undershirts through the shirt, no part of a girl's midriff should show, and guys are not allowed to wear excessively baggy pants. Any and all of these things will result in a dress code violation, which means that the student has to change the offending article of clothing with "school appropriate" apparel lent out by the office (if a violation for your pants, it's usual a pair of gym shorts, which are basketball shorts that are literally all holes so people see your underwear anyway!). Dress code violations come with detention and, depending on how many other violations you have, a Saturday School.

Now, although I am not one to encourage sluttly dressing, I think this code is a bit unreasonable. Not just because that limits everyone to sweatpants (without the waist rolled down, mind you) and a turtle neck, but because there are teachers and administrators who do not always abide by this code. The most prominent example of this would have to be our Dean of Disciplinary Actions, who is not only a female (which means PMS, people! Mood swings? Yes. All. The. Time.) but also is currantly pregnant. Her mood swings are at an all time high, which means she will get a student for almost anything. The worst part is, you can argue it's school appropriate, but you will not win so it is basically no contest.

Just this year, I have witnessed this dean walking about to a girl, unzipped her sweat shirt to reveal a spaghetti-strap tank top, and then giving her a dress code violation and sending her to the office.

I don't know about you, but to me that seems a little radical. Isn't it an invasion of out privacy and personal space for a teacher or administrator to walk up and basically remove a piece of clothing making it a code violation and then giving a punishment for it? I think yes. And I also think it is wrong. Partly because this administrator herself wheres skirts that are without a doubt higher than three inches above the knee and revealing shirts.

What I want to know is, why is it okay for teachers to break school policy, but when it comes to students they crack down?

Agree? Disagree? Does your school handle the dress code differently, or do they not even have one at all? Do you think it would be better to have a strict dress code or just wear uniforms? Tell me your thoughts!

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