Change is a theme that is ever-present in our culture and society. Often this change is reflected in the dress of its people. From the fashionable silhouettes of the 1920’s to the colorful 60’s, hip-hop look of 90’s up to the modern twist of today, social change and change in fashion has, in theory and practice, been linked. According to ask.com, Fashion can be defined as a prevalent style by a particular group at a particular time, and, therefore, may be linked to a specific cultural and historical context in which there is general acceptance of a given style or look
In the video, “A Class Divided,” the video shows a teacher from Iowa named, Jane Elliot who wants to teach her students the importance of discrimination. During her experimentation, she starts off her lesson by asking questions such as, “What is brotherhood?” “What is discrimination?” and “How are we supposed to treat people who look different than us?” Elliot then proceeds to ask her class if they would like to know what it feels like to be discriminated. Her emphasis in this experiment is to show how it felt to be discriminated. Elliot was inspired to do this experiment when she was listening to the television the night after they assassinated Martin Luther king. She kept hearing the news reporter say things like: “who will look after your people?” and “How will your people manage?” After this she knew she had to explain to her class in a way they will understand. Elliot decided to divide the class into two categories: the brown eyed kids and the blue eyed kids. At first the blue eyed kids were the superior race while, the brown eyed kids were the lower race. Being the inferior race meant that they had to wear blue collars around their necks in order to differentiate their eye color. Of course, the brown eyed kids had restrictions. They could not play in the playground, they could not befriend nor socialize with the blue eyed kids, and etc. The kids had a chance to walk in
Fashion reflects the attitudes of a society more than any other art form. Like art, fashion is a material record of the ideals that swayed the nations at the time of their creation. Through examining the styles, and tastes of a particular era, we can realize where the interests and priorities of a time lie. As Frank Parsons wrote in his 1920 study, The Psychology of Dress, "There is surly no better field in which to trace the devious paths of human thought than in that of clothes, where man has ever given free play to self expression, in a way which, thought not always a credit to his intelligence, is yet quite true to his innermost self, whether he will acknowledge it or
America’s school system and student population remains segregated, by race and class. The inequalities that exist in schools today result from more than just poorly managed schools; they reflect the racial and socioeconomic inequities of society as a whole. Most of the problems of schools boil down to either racism in and outside the school or financial disparity between wealthy and poor school districts. Because schools receive funding through local property taxes, low-income communities start at an economic disadvantage. Less funding means fewer resources, lower quality instruction and curricula, and little to no community involvement. Even when low-income schools manage to find adequate funding, the money doesn’t solve all the school’s
Ever since their invention many centuries ago, clothes have been used as a way of communicating. The message communicated relies on a number of factors including the social background of both the communicator and the receiver, and the context in which the message is communicated. Although at times the exact message or symbolism one is trying to portray may not be clear, it is evident that clothing has long been embraced as one of the best ways to project one’s desired personal image to those around them.
As stated before, psychology is a form of self-expression, and a form of visual communication. The way one dresses may put one in a fashion subcategory. These subcategories are thought of as a whole and are subject to judgment and discrimination of sorts. For example, a person with many tattoos and a vintage style of clothing may be viewed as a “hipster”, and hence the viewer may assume many things of the individual. The fit of garments say many things about oneself. Made-to-fit clothing on men in the business world is more respectable than non-tailored clothes. With women, skirt suits create the balance between attractiveness and masculinity in order to appear respectable, much more than the overly aggressive pant suit. One may see the effect of clothing when one researches on how to dress for an interview in order to make an impression upon the hiring manager.
The Victorian Era is well known for puffy skirts and restricting formal garments while the Progressive Era was known for its more flamboyant attire and the World War II Era for its more conservative style to ration for the war. The history of clothing and fashion calls to question its importance in distinguishing identities of different groups of people as well as marking the different stages of the country’s cultural, political, and economic history. How are the different clothing styles reflective of the values and lifestyle of the multicultural United States and more importantly, how did it contribute to the creation of the American identity? 17th century inhabitants of the North American continent exhibited vastly different wardrobe choices
One fifteen-year-old girl explains that “It’s more like being hidden” (Kozol 3). A young girl wrote to Kozol saying, “You have all the thing and we do not have all the thing. Can you help us?” (Kozol 3). A principal at an overly crowed school pointed at a trash bag covering part of the collapsing ceiling, telling Kozol, “This would not happen to white children” (Kozol 4). Many political leaders claim that the economy is to blame for failing schools, but the reality is that these schools are awful even during economic growth and success. In truth, parents of minority parents are thought of as people who can be discounted and their children are not considered valuable. Teachers at these schools are paid grossly less than teachers at other
Now imagine, at least seven outfits for three children. The National Retail Federation estimates, “People will spend $14.5 billion on back-to-school clothing and shoes this year.” Private schools that require uniforms are just a little bit more expensive than public schools. Private schools have tuition and special made uniforms you have to buy. Schools claim that school uniforms are less expensive for parents. However, school uniforms generally mean an additional cost for parents, who now have to purchase different types of clothing for their children to wear in and out of school. Some families cannot afford multiple uniforms, plus the clothes that students wear outside of school. Unlike the students who can afford three, four, or five uniforms, the poorer students’ one uniform will look worn out and used by the end of the first semester compared to everyone else. Additionally, since uniforms involve specific requirements, parents may not be able to find uniform options in discount or thrift stores as they would if their children had freedom to choose their wardrobes. It will still be easier to pick out the
Bill Roberts, the CEO of an urban charter high school, reveals a school leader that holds to one “lack.” School leader Roberts demonstrates having a quality of not only having experience in working with students of color but also thinking about and having the language for talking about race and race-conscious practices. Robert stated that the school he has led for several years “mirrors the city” and the student demographic is around 50% African American and about 65-75% students on free and/or reduce lunch. Roberts recognizes a discrepancy between the cultural background between his teachers and students. Roberts makes the following comment about the discrepancy,
Martin Luther once said, “When schools flourish, all flourishes.” Schools are the institutions where students’ foundations for lifelong success are built. One would think, or at least hope, that sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, all schools in America would be flourishing or near flourishing. How wonderful would it be, if politicians and other people in power realized how true Martin Luther’s words were. Unfortunately, this is not the case. As Jonathan Kozol explicitly depicts in his 1991 novel, Savage Inequalities, inequality in American public schools still exists despite segregation being outlawed. Even though this book was written twenty-five years ago, it still applies to this day. There are many schools in America that are still segregated, and the complete opposite of flourishing. This is due to one main reason: inadequate funding. There is a tremendous amount of inequality in funding between the poor, city schools, and the affluent, suburban schools. Kozol explores these various schools in his novel, and demonstrates how by underfunding schools that are in dire need of funds, we are essentially setting up our future generations for failure. We are inhibiting them from reaching their potentials and showcasing their talents. We ourselves are ripping their chances of a bright future out of their hands. We are allowing our society to believe segregation in schools is ok.
In Covert Job Hunters Need Dress-Code Discretion by Rachel Emma Silverman, Mr.Lopez a man on the lookout for an investment bank job. The workforce has been noted to have suspected employes to be dressed one up than the uniform of the employee. Lately it has lacked, causing professionals like Mr. Paul Capelli a former public relations employee for Amazon to take a stand for what an interview should be like. He has information may people of all the do’s and don’t’s of the wardrobe during an interview. With his helpful tips Mr. Lopez got the job.
There is more to come. “‘Then there's the whole daily uniform fiasco. Tuck your shirt. Pull up your pants. White undershirts only. No white laces in black shoes. “Is that a tan design on your black shoe Johnny?" Then, "Off to the Dean's office you must go because you have a problem with rebellion Johnny. You are not showing your desire to want to succeed in life Johnny because if you did, you would have found an all black shoe. As a matter of fact, have the Dean call your mother so that you can go home for the day. You are not ready to learn. Real scholars dress for success. You are not a real scholar… Charter schools thrive on making the kids feel college bound, even at young ages, but give them routines and procedures that will only serve them best in jai.’"(Anthony,, Elana. "Charter Schools Stress Concentration." Charter Schools Stress Concentration. Chicago Now!, 1 Oct. 2013. Web. 30 Dec. 2015.) Uniforms will turn into jumpsuits, broken rules into broken laws, and teachers to officers, and we couldn’t wait to teach little Johnny to behave and repeat everything taught to him. But now he is simply another failed student trapped in the school to jail pipeline, another statistic. A statistic only further proved by his dropout decision. “When they were in sixth grade, one third of the dropouts were failing at least one course, 44 percent had
In Georgia, 37 percent of students are black, but they account for 67 percent of suspensions and 64 percent of expulsions, according to federal data,” (French and Bloom). Since Black and Hispanic students are more likely to have to wear school uniforms, they encounter more discipline from adults. White students do not have as much discipline because they are less likely to have to wear uniforms. People of different races will most likely have to be punished more than people who are White because more people who are Black have to wear uniforms than people who are White. Overall, enforcing a dress code or forcing to wear school uniforms is a racial issue because people who are not White are more likely to have to wear school uniforms than people who are White.