Why Dress Code Should Not Be Enforced

1109 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
“Are you in dress code?” As Belleville East students we have all heard this question numerous times throughout the day. Whether this question was directed towards you, or your peers, this simple, but oh so annoying question, is asked countless times throughout the day. Dress code, however, was initially meant to keep students out of trouble and to help keep us focused throughout the school day. Yet making a student vacate a class for the entire hour because their shirt was not the right shade is going to “improve their learning experience” by making them miss the only hour they have in that class. Although this was not the intent, the dress code has become a point of conflict for many. Dress code should not be enforced because realistically it increases behavioral problems and teaches girls that it is our duty to make sure we cover up to ensure a “distraction free” learning environment for the boys.
Always being pestered about whether or not we are in dress code gets very tiresome very quickly. These dress code violations add up and more serious problems arise. According to a study conducted in 2007, violent behaviors increased fourteen a year with an enforced dress code, ( Granberg-Rademacker, Bumgarner, Johnson. n.pag.). According to Occupy Theory a “simple dress code violation” could then escalate into a disastrous situation, whether with parents or the students lashing out, (“School Dress Code Pros and Cons List” n.pag.). As an honor student, I have never received a…
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