What to Wear?

Written by: Lianne Castelino

Published: Aug 30, 2011

by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com

Finally!  Sanity has risen from the ashes, where the public education brain trust is concerned.

A large, local school board, representing a specific denomination has announced that all of its 160+ elementary schools will be governed by a dress code, effective next week, day after Labour Day, when school starts.

Yippee!  Yikes.

What took them so long?  Better late than never, I guess.

Truthfully, all three of my kids have had uniforms for school so we’ve enjoyed the liberating feeling of having a dress code since day one.  I am happy for the parents who will love the concept and hopefully never look back.

Dress, especially these days, is a source of much friction, competition, comparison, even bullying in schools.  Not to mention the ridiculous price of the brand names that many kids feel they must have.  Who needs that?

It is absolutely freeing to not have to be judged by what you are wearing.  That mindset has no place in schools in my opinion.  One less source of that kind of thinking is all the better.

I’ve heard many stories from parents over the years grinding their teeth over what their kids want to wear to school, how much it costs and in the case of some kids — how risque their choices can be.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of girls wearing oh-soo-mini kilts as part of a uniform.  I don’t know how they pull that off, but I digress.

Dress codes should be mandatory for every school, public or private, regardless of age, socio-economic background, culture, whatever.

Increasingly clothing, brand names, etc., is used as a weapon in the school yard — as a source of intimidation, bullying and judgmental behaviour.

We all do it.  Judge people by the way they dress.  So it’s not terribly surprising that kids are prone, at times, to do the same.  So nip that behaviour in the bud.  Promote inclusiveness, equality and fairness.  Funny, how a dress code can do that!

And while they’re at it — perhaps they can make hygiene and neatly combed hair mandatory as well!  Okay wishful thinking perhaps.

As I usually say to my kids — would you want to learn from a teacher who walks in with messy hair and coffee stains on their shirt?

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