Data Doesn’t Add Up For Dress Code Policy
Story by: Courtney Roszak
All throughout our high school career we constantly hear teachers say the same things… “We are getting you ready for the real world.” Or “We are preparing you for college.” It seems those two lines are something we hear on a daily basis. This year, however, students are also hearing those lines when it comes to the new dress policy, and they are responding in a not so happy manner.
At the start of the 2012-2013 school year, each class was called to the auditorium, as always, for their class meeting where students received a little reminder of the schools rules. A new part added in this year was the ever so strict dress code that changed rules for both males and females on how they dress.
Students responded fast to the changes, some even booing, but others soon started to question the policy, asking themselves and others, how does this affect my education and why are there the new changes?
The goal of the new dress code, according to Dean of Students, Kevin Formolo, is to “prepare students for appropriate apparel to wear to an interview or job, and to give South High a promotable appearance that says students are serious about their education.”
What I would like to know is, how can administration determine if students take their education seriously based on how they dress? The young adults of the 1960s are now politicians, business leaders and owners...they wore jeans and “hippy” clothes that people didn’t like back then!
School is different from work or an interview. I think it is safe to say a majority of South students know what is appropriate to wear to an interview and what is not. Going to school is not the same as going to work.
Last year, at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, administration distributed a survey at South asking 105 employees what they thought were some of the biggest problems in the school. Formolo shared the results of the survey with the Lake Breeze.
The dress code did not make the top five, and yet it is one of the number one changes being done this school year! Dress code had a zero percent response to being a problem in the classroom that affected student learning. Last year, there were zero referrals due to dress code, and even though there is no box on referrals that say “Dress Code,” there is always the “other” box that can be marked.
I believe that with the data gathered, the administration may be focusing too heavily on the dress code while there are other important issues going on that were mentioned in the survey...such as inappropriate language/insubordination at school.
There should be a limit on what students can and cannot wear, however there is always a line for what may be too over the top. How does seeing a girl’s strap affect learning in the classroom? It doesn’t for the majority of students.
High school students, usually by the age of fifteen, know what is classy and what is close to that line of being trashy. Students know what to wear; they shouldn’t have to be worrying if their inseam is three inches when they could be doing more important things, like studying for that big test. Let’s try to keep South a positive place of learning while giving students a bit of freedom and listening to the data that is given in surveys.
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