Our View: Standards on clothing wearing thin
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 16:10
A new standard dress code will take effect next fall in the Little Rock, Ark. School District. Contrary to the normal banter over uniforms in schools, the district’s office letter from Aug. 29 established a dress code for employees, not students.
The letter contains numerous articles of clothing that are to be banned from the teaching wardrobe as well as some that must be worn and remain hidden.
The new requirements will not allow teachers to have visible tattoos, wear cut off jeans, spaghetti straps, flip flops, spandex, or shirts with references to sex, drugs, gangs or alcohol.
According to the letter, “Foundational garments shall be worn and not visible with respect to color, style, and/or fabric.” These foundational garments include underclothing like underwear, brassieres and girdles.
What a shocking requirement placed on instructors of young children, to wear underwear. Other conventions ban see-through clothing and do not permit teachers to show any midriff.
Although there is no specific mention of teachers who had been violating dress code requirements, the fact a letter had to be written to enforce these common standards is disheartening.
The first question that comes to mind is, “how did they know teachers weren’t wearing any?”
Most debates over dress codes for students question the child’s ability to express themselves, or problems with school bullying and classroom distractions.
It appears, however, that the biggest distraction may very well be the teacher in the classroom.
I can only imagine what the conversation looked like when parents asked their children what they learned in school today, and the children answers, “Mrs. Smith doesn’t like to wear under things.”
Maybe if teachers need to be reminded that they should be wearing underwear they shouldn’t be allowed to be teachers in the first place?
Obviously not every teacher, or even a majority of teachers, struggles with upholding a higher standard of professionalism in the classroom.
One bad apple has been known to spoil the bunch, and it appears some teachers did not fancy common sense for dressing in the morning.
Teaching standards are often major political policies and receive strong partisan opposition. When it comes to dress standards like wearing underwear and bras, I think we have found a policy we can all support.
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