Uniforms Codes Should Not Be Disruptive

1668 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Schools enjoy saying that their students are free to express themselves through their clothing; however they do stress the importance that while students express themselves, the garments should not be disruptive to the class environment. The big question is, what is “disruptive” and what isn’t. Is a girl wearing a tank top to combat the warm weather disruptive, or is a boy wearing a blatantly offensive shirt disruptive to their peers learning? Or is a student wearing a religious item, such as a hijab, disruptive to the school environment? Unfortunately, in most cases, two of these circumstances are considered worthy of academic discipline where the third item is dismissed. These dress codes are modeled after the ideal adult the school aims their students to become (Glickman 264). Even though schools in general want their students to prosper and be an ideal adult, the strict dress codes are imposing a threat to that simply based off of how narrow minded they are. Many dress codes are enforced by the administrators in the building; however, each administrator will be different and so will be how it is all enforced. One teacher may see a shirt and think that it falls along the guidelines, but a different faculty member could see the same shirt and believe that it is inappropriate. Hiring a new Vice Principal can also affect how dress code is enforced. How the dress code is enforced leaves room for too many variables to affect it. Schools need to evaluate their dress codes to…
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