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Should schools have dress codes?

No 13% 31 votes
Yes 86% 199 votes
Total Votes: 230

Note: This is not a scientific poll.


September 2, 2010
4:30 p.m.

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mhowie ( mhowie ) says...

Define "dress code" -- like general guidelines for what you can/can't wear, or like uniforms?

September 2, 2010
8:23 p.m.

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WordWiz78 ( WordWiz78 ) says...

I agree with mhowie - the question is too broad-based. I think schools need to have a dress code as far as what is/is not appropriate. Given the chance, many children will wear clothing that is totally inappropriate, not just for school, but for their age. I, for one, don't want to see sixth grade girls wearing clothes I'd be embarrassed to see a college girl in or junior high boys with their pants hanging down below their butts. Certain sayings on shirts are inappropriate for school, as are certain images. Certain articles of clothing have been (and should be) banned due to safety issues (whether it be baggy coats, which can hide weapons, or high heeled shoes, which promote injury). Chains and spurs (yes, I've seen kids with spurs on their boots) and other "accessories" are obviously inappropriate, as they are potential weapons. So, if a set of rules on what is/is not allowed in school is what you mean, yes, it is necessary. If you mean uniforms, no, I don't think they're necessary. I know all the arguments (they promote unity, they allow children to not be ridiculed for "poor" fashion, kids focus more on studies than fashion, etc), but they seem like poor excuses. Unity can be achieved other ways (I know we had pep rallies, homecoming, sports teams, etc) - and kids shouldn't have to feel they need to be united with every other kid in school. Kids won't always get along with every single kid, nor should they feel an obligation to do so just because they attend the same school. If children are being ridiculed for their "poor" fashion, uniforms only ignore the real problem, which is that the teasers need to learn that this is unacceptable; and if there is no "poor" fashion to tease a child about, you can be certain the bullies will find something else. Kids are cruel and creative. Same applies with kids focusing more on studying - there are still plenty of other things to distract the less studious kids. Besides, many kids find a very artistic and creative outlet in fashion - why deny them that? Uniforms, by their very definition, support conformity at the expense of creativity and individuality. Why not just force them to all have blond hair and blue eyes while we're at it? Come on, folks - kids will have plenty of time to be stuck in a uniform when they turn into grown up workforce drones. Let them be kids while they still can.

September 3, 2010
4:41 a.m.

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EJZ66 ( EJZ66 ) says...

I don't think it would be too painful to have boys look like boys and girls look like girls. Honestly, with all the different styles nowadays, kids aren't sure what the heck they should look like. Parents take some pride in your child.
General guidelines would be a breathe of fresh air.(i.e. no underwear showing, cover up the little cleavage, shorts without holes, pants not dragging on the ground). Sloppy has it's place. School is meant for learning, not a teen fashion show.

September 3, 2010
10:55 a.m.

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acostanzo ( acostanzo ) says...

dress code = how students are expected to dress. Could be formal uniforms, could be blue dickies and white polo shirts and black shoes. I have read that schools with uniforms have fewer disciplinary problems.

September 3, 2010

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nygirl61 ( nygirl61 ) says...

In NYC PUBLIC schools, students in Grades K-8 wear uniforms. These kids think the kids up here dress sloppy for school. I think wearing a uniform, or at the very least, having a dress code of some kind, makes for better learning because the kids are not concentrating on trying to out-do each other with the outlandish outfits they wear to school each day! Uniforms make a kid sit up straighter and perhaps pay better attention to the teacher. Sometimes on field trips they get to wear their street clothes, but even then there is a strict dress code.

September 3, 2010
8:36 p.m.

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WordWiz78 ( WordWiz78 ) says...

EJZ66: Define "have boys look like boys and girls look like girls." Who gets to decide what a boy or girl "should" look like, you? Is a girl with short hair and jeans too "boyish" for you? What about a boy wearing a pink or purple shirt? Is that too "girlie"? Just because it doesn't match your personal ideals doesn't make it wrong.
acostanzo: I meant what does the Gazette mean by "dress code." Do they mean schools should have a dress code which indicates students must wear uniforms, or a dress code meaning students should dress respectfully? I have also read articles and studies by "experts" who say schools with uniforms have less violence. These "experts" apparently did their study in Fantasy Land, because real life experience has shown me differently. I'm an EMT, and I pick up just as many students from violence-related injuries in private Catholic schools and other "uniform-based" schools as I have from the public schools. These are probably the same "experts" who think parents who tell their children "no" are bad parents.
nygirl: I've already touched upon many of those arguments, but it bears repeating: there is no evidence that kids concentrate better, sit up straigter, or do anything else "better" because their in a vest and knickers. There are still distractions other than fashion. Students who want to learn will pay attention, those who don't won't, regardless of what they are forced to wear. I know many kids who resent being told that they must wear a uniform, and act out and refuse to pay attention or respect their teachers because of it. Maybe parents should take some responsibility and teach their children the importance of a good education, and teach them to dress respectably.


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