RANT: Dress Code...

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Registered: 06-13-2008
RANT: Dress Code...
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Sat, 04-17-2010 - 9:03pm

for teachers!

It just drives me crazy that teachers can't dress like professionals, and seem to take offense whenever it's suggested. Personally, I think students, parents, administration, and our communities would take us more seriously if we looked as intelligent as we are.

A couple of months ago, I had to take my daughter to the ER and the doc comes in with scraggly, long hair that didn't look washed. He had some scruffy hair on his chin that was supposed to be a goatee I guess and a cheapy, gaudy earring in one ear. DH and I both had our doubts about him. Though later, discussing it, we realized our distrust was due entirely to his appearance.

The same applies to teachers. Americans don't see us as professionals because we don't look professional. I've seen teachers wear sweatpants (not coaches), the husband's gigantic tee, and even house slippers. Yes, I know, especially in the lower grades, you need to wear comfortable clothes in order to interact well the kids. But really? Are slacks so much less comfortable than jeans? Are the only comfortable shoes tennis shoes? No blouse is as cozy as a team T-shirt? I'm not asking that we start wearing suits and heels, but I think business casual would be fine, and save the jeans for Game Day Fridays and weekend casual for the weekend!

Thanks for letting me rant. :)

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Thu, 04-22-2010 - 7:18pm

One principal told her staff that teachers shouldn't be wearing anything that would violate the student dress code. In that school they banned sleeveless tops, low cut shirts, bare midrifts, baggy pants, short skirts and shorts, anything with questionalble messages and graphics, chains on anything, all headgear including hats and

Sherry

 

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Fri, 04-23-2010 - 3:25pm

That's a surprise, Sherry.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sat, 04-24-2010 - 12:19pm

No. I was referring to the student code and what they allowed and expected. The kids were not allowed to overdress or underdress. HS girls would show up in a cocktail dress and 4" spike heels for example. Some of the little ones might come in a Cinderella gown from Disney World

Sherry

 

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Registered: 03-29-2010
Sun, 04-25-2010 - 7:14pm

I can see what you mean. I am a first year high school teacher. i am only 26 so I make sure to wear business-like attire. I wear dress slacks, and blouses or jackets. I never wear open-toed shoes and I always wear hose. I wear heels everyday even on the occasion when we have a staff jeans day for charity. We all pay $1 for each day we wear the jeans. I still wear hose and heels. I also wear trouser jeans as opposed to the jeans

-Shelby

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