One of the best possible ways to teach students about the dress code quandary is to involve them in the conversation! If it's one thing a teenager can't stand, it's being lectured. If we want young people to embrace healthy choices and dress themselves authentically, we need to get them on board with the challenges and rewards of doing it right. Here is a great piece that provides excellent strategies and academic lessons to bring students into the dress code debate in a positive, educated way.
Although it can be tricky to find, this book offers great discussion on the various arguments supporting and opposing school dress codes, including how they affect positive learning environments, restrict essential freedoms, and may have possible legal implications. Laid out in simple terms, this read really helps to establish a sense of what's at stake and how to best form an educated, progressive opinion.
This article is a wonderful piece of the dress code conversation because it highlights how many potential problems and downright absurdities occur around the implementation in schools. When a mandate is put down, sometimes there are cases that clearly need special consideration; however, this is not possible when a "rule is a rule." Perhaps these codes are really just backing us into an untenable corner.
The answer to whether dress codes are really necessary is dependent on whether they reflect something valuable or really just the general unease of adults about the state of education, society, and teenagers. Of course, image is important but in place of education? By placing strict guidelines on students, are we just pushing them into rebellion and wasting time?
I really enjoyed this piece because it comes straight from the mind of students and nicely illustrates their thinking of the subject from both sides. It's important to remember that students don't think like adults and hearing their feelings is a really important part of creating a meaningful dress code. I really like the way the debate is set up with opposing sides--it makes for an intriguing back and forth.
"Don't tell girls what to wear, teach boys not to stare!" is a catchy slogan and one that readily sums up one major side of the debate. While we all understand the meaning and importance of this statement, is it fair to put the burden on the boys for modesty of behavior? Regardless of how you feel on the subject, it's important to assess both sides of this debate.
As a mother of three teenage girls, thinking about how dress codes affect young women is particularly disturbing. Girls go to school to learn and through that process, develop their identity. The idea that the conversation at school has turned to their bodies is nothing short of appalling. And yet, there is always another side that disagrees. How do we create an agreeable policy that does not jeopardize the confidence and safety of our female students?
Very entertaining narrative on the "real talk" of dress code in the 21st century. While we all know cultural changes occur at a glacial pace, it's still important to push the thinking of this sensitive issue so we do not compromise our integrity as educators and the integrity of the education students deserve. There is also some solid discussion on gender problems which inevitably sit at the heart of this issue.