Just about every school district in the United States is having or has had a lot of controversy about teenage dress codes.
For example, some schools have sent girls to the principal’s office for wearing baggy sweaters that slide off a shoulder and reveal a bra strap, or blouses and sweaters show a bit of midriff when girls raise their hands.
Many authorities think that form-fitting outfits are obscene. Most schools have forbidden tight-fitting trousers, and leggings or yoga pants, unless the girls wear top covers that cover their buttocks and crotches.
Many boys like to wear low-hanging baggy pants, a style that was supposedly started by some Los Angeles street gangs. They were said to have taken this style from prison inmates, whose pants usually sag because they are not allowed to wear belts. It is also said that some prisoners wore their pants low to let other inmates know they were available for sex, but teenagers probably don’t know this. Hip-hop artists popularized this look.
No matter what the origins of this style or any other style, the main idea for young people is to position themselves against mainstream America, and the most popular way for them is to do it through their dress. Adults have thought that young people’s fashion is distasteful since humans began wearing clothes, and that is probably exactly the point for teenagers.
American girls claim that dress codes discriminate against them. Blacks are sure that dress codes discriminate against them, no matter what their gender. Native Americans, who like to wear long hair or Mohawk haircuts, protest vehemently when they are discriminated by dress codes. And I won’t even go into the loud protests by LGBTQ students, who swear they are disproportionately cited for dress-code violations because they do not conform to gender standards. Many times, these groups have good reason to protest.
However, schools also have a point. Schools generally claim that dress and hair code regulations prevent in-class distractions, create a workplace environment, reduce pressure based on socioeconomic status, and help to prevent gang activity.
Here are some photos of real kids who were punished for not following their schools’ dress codes about shorts, male make-up, thin straps, tight pants, ripped pants, bra showing, hair extensions, Mohawk haircut, long hair, saggy pants, cleavage, short skirts, or midriffs showing.
1. Require the wearing of shoes with soles. House slippers and shoes with wheels are not permitted.
2. All clothing must be sufficient to conceal any and all undergarments. No skin will show between bottom of shirt/blouse and top of pants or skirts at any time. All sleeveless shirts must have straps at least three inches wide. Prohibited tops include, but are not limited to, crop tops, tank tops, strapless, low-cut clothing, clothing with Tslits, or tops and outfits that provide minimum coverage.
3. Require that all shorts, skorts, skirts, and jumpers/dresses must be at fingertip length.
4. All jeans, pants, and trousers must be secured at waist level. Sagging is strictly prohibited. Jeans, pants, and trousers are not to have rips or tears that expose undergarments and/or are located mid-thigh or higher.
5. Headgear (hats, hoods, caps, bandanas, hair grooming aids, etc.) is not permitted on campus except for designated school approved uniforms, special events, authorized athletic practices, documented medical conditions, bona fide religious reasons, or school sanctioned activities.
6. Slogans or advertising on clothing, jewelry, buttons, and/or accessories which by their controversial, discriminatory, profane, and/or obscene nature disrupt the educational setting are prohibited.
7. Any clothing, jewelry, buttons, and/or accessories that promote illegal or violent conduct, or affiliation with groups that promote illegal or violent conduct such as, but not limited to, the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia, or clothing that contains threats are prohibited.
8. Spiked or studded clothing, jewelry, and/or accessories are prohibited.
9. Outerwear such as coats, mittens, and scarves must be removed upon entering the classrooms/buildings. Administrators, teachers, and staff may use their discretion as appropriate-based on the temperature in the facility.
10. The Basic Dress Code provisions [Section IV (A)(1-9)], and if adopted by the school, Standard Student Attire provisions [Section V (D)], shall be included in the student/parent notifications.
A Betsy é muito mais que uma professora de inglês. É uma conselheira, humorista, terapeuta, amiga! Tem uma qualidade que me encanta: a Curiosidade. Se interessa por tudo! E mais do que isso, procura se inteirar daquilo de novo que aprendeu e acaba te ensinando outro ponto de vista mais interessante sobre aquilo. Está sempre antenada ao que ocorre no Mundo e no Brasil. O melhor de tudo, é que passa todo o seu conhecimento com uma leveza e um humor fora do comum. Estar com a Betsy é muito bom. Acompanhar suas publicações online, vai ser melhor ainda!
Betsy is a wonderful English teacher! Not only is she a native English speaker, but she is also “antenada” in what’s going on around the globe, enabling all kinds of subjects to be brought to light through very engaging and in-depth discussions, and providing a rich vocabulary, with words and expressions you don’t normally find in your usual English textbooks (and that are only ever mentioned on advanced English classes after years and years of going to the same English school). She is very open-minded and has a great sense of humor, making “convos” interesting and funny. And…Betsy loves cats – she is the best! Love, Carla & Amanda.
A Betsy é uma pessoa muito cativante e uma professora genial. Nós nos conhecemos há bastante tempo, quando eu estava começando a aprender inglês. Eu sempre admirei o jeito divertido que ela tem de ensinar. Ela é uma das pessoas mais antenadas que eu conheço e tem uma cultura geral impressionante. Adoro os textos personalizados que ela cria, o que faz com que as aulas sejam sempre surpreendentes. Eu simplesmente adoro as nossas aulas! Me sinto privilegiada.
É um prazer falar das aulas da Betsy. São empolgantes, temas variados e atuais, envolventes, bem preparados e com muito amor, com certeza. Acredito que seu blog será “helpful ” para todos aqueles que têm interesse em aprender a língua inglesa ou simplesmente intensificar seu conhecimento. Um abraço carinhoso e sucesso!