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Dress Code--Sensible or Sexist?

Talk about a controversial topic! The disagreements over school dress codes are as vast as they are deep, often leading teachers and parents into uncomfortable territory. The process of dress is an innately private part of life and yet, educators are often asked to mandate, control, and discipline based on these decisions. How can we see this battle over dress code more clearly and begin to understand the larger implications of getting it wrong?
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Dress Code--Sensible or Sexist?
  • adl.org
    adl.org

    Student Dress Codes: What's Fair?

    8 minute read
    Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
  • cnn.com
    cnn.com

    When school clothes lead to suspension

    6 minute read
    Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
  • nytimes.com
    nytimes.com

    Uncool in School: Dress Code Debate

    6 minute read
    Jen Jeffers says:
    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?
  • Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
  • chastity.com
    chastity.com

    Three Fallacies in the "Dress Code Debates"

    7 minute read
    Jen Jeffers says:
    "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.
  • ocregister.com
    ocregister.com

    Do school dress codes unfairly target girls?

    6 minute read
    Jen Jeffers says:
    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?
  • nytimes.com
    nytimes.com

    The Battle Over Dress Codes

    5 minute read
    Jen Jeffers says:
    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.
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BloomBoard Asks:What are the pros and cons of a school dress code and how can we protect girls from taking the brunt of the disapproval?