RANT: Dress Code...

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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: 03-29-2010
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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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: 04-07-2002
Fri, 04-23-2010 - 3:25pm

That's a surprise, Sherry.

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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: 06-13-2008
Tue, 04-20-2010 - 6:07pm
I definitely agree we *shouldn't* have to be told, but a lot of businesses have a dress code. When I worked at the bank, it was really strict (and I'm not asking for that), but I think Monday through Thursday, we should look like professionals. Casual Fridays with jeans and blouses/school spirit shirts are fine with me. But I do think any T-shirts should relate to school spirit.

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Registered: 12-08-2009
Tue, 04-20-2010 - 4:02pm

I agree with your post.

As a former classroom teacher, I was often appalled by how I saw faculty dress throughout the district. Unfortunately, we did not have a district-wide dress code.

But really, do we as a "profession" need to be told how to dress for work? Surely, as an educated bunch, we shouldn't need that, but apparently, some do.

I get that you're probably not going to want to wear your best Ann Taylor outfit to teach K-2, but as you mentioned, are khakis or slacks not as comfy as jeans?

Whether we like it or not, first impressions are lasting impressions. In a perfect society, parents and outsiders would know just by looking at our classrooms what dedicated professionals we are in shaping the minds of young people. Yet, my sister just had a disastrous experience enrolling her son in kindergarten.

The teacher had greasy, unkempt hair, she was dressed in a track suit with flip flops, and her classroom was a mess. Now, she could be the greatest K teacher on the planet running a child-centered classroom, but my sister didn't walk away with that feeling; instead she walked away in tears. And of course, the full-day K teacher was dressed to the nines, had a bright and colorful classroom and was requiring a thumbs or down from the parents to see if they were listening during the info night!

It's all in the presentation. And no wooden apple jewelry, please! LOL

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Registered: 04-09-2007
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 7:53pm

I wear jeans on Fridays only, with a school T-shirt (we're encouraged to do this for school spirit), but the rest of the week I wear business casual. Skirts, slacks, sweaters and blouses, etc. Most people at my school dress this way. I don't even like wearing shirts without sleeves.

BUT there are the people who dress like they're going out to a club! One teacher just got breast implants, and the reason I know this is because she wears very tight sweaters and low cut tops. Why do teachers feel the need to look sexy at work? It horrifies me. Some teachers wear very short skirts and high heels. Whenever you hear about a female teacher being inappropriate with a student, someone always comments that the teacher started dressing sexy and flirting with the kids...ick.

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Registered: 06-13-2008
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 2:21pm

Our administration dresses like I think the teachers should. However, since they are administration, I think they should dress better. Our principal is usually in khakis, polo shirt, and cowboy boots.

Our administration does occasionally mention at a faculty meeting to "dress professionally", but they aren't specific with what that entails. And they don't address individual problems with that teacher. (But they do that with every rule broken by teachers--just a blanket statement, no specifics.)

I have just always heard "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have".

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Sun, 04-18-2010 - 8:46pm

My middle school is uniform - kids are required to wear khakis or navy Docker-style pants, capris, walking shorts or skirts (within 3 inches of the knee), tucked in polo's in navy, white or black and/or school sweatshirts. Teacher's guidelines say "uniform or better" - so, no jeans, no t-shirts, no sweats, no flip-flops. No athletic shoes unless you have a medical reason (although kids can wear sneakers) or you teach P.E. I don't mind it a bit! It is nice to wear jeans once in awhile - we have free dress days 3 or 4 days a year as a reward for various things - record fundraiser for Pennies for Patients or canned food drive, or College Sweatshirt day, for example.

I have to say that when we take the band/choir/orchestra on tour of our feeder elementary schools, I am often appalled by the teacher dress at some of the schools- slutty, tight/low cut shirts with sweats, low-rise jeans complete with exposed muffin top and butt crack and cheap rubber flip flops... ugh.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 8:22pm

Funny thing! I've been out of K-12 for eight years. On Friday I was picking up my granddaughter from K and observing the teachers. I was actially thinking

Sherry

 

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