The other day I went to the website for the school system that we live in. Alex is a senior, so I occasionally check the site to see if there's anything new I should know about.
Up popped a Dress Code Survey. I had a few minutes, so I thought "what the heck" and began taking it.
There were statements, and I was to check one of four options:
- Strongly Agree
- Strongly Disagree
I was breezing right through this, but then got to this one:
17. Underwear and under garments should not be exposed at any time while at school.
What does it say about the current state of things when we have to even INCLUDE this kind of statement in a survey about dress codes?
If I were a high school teacher I would absolutely NOT want to see a girl's bra or the top of her thong sticking out above her jeans, pants, or shorts. I would NOT want to see the tops of a guy's briefs or boxers when his pants are riding too low.
I tend to have a problem with any school having a well-defined dress code in place and it NOT being enforced. Why have it if you're not going to enforce it?
I guess now everyone has to be careful so that we don't infringe on anyone's rights or take away their freedom of expression.
Give me a break.
A student is in school for less than 8 hours a day. That means that they have a little over 16 hours a day in which they can express themselves and not have their rights violated.
One of the jobs of a school is to teach responsibility and accountability, and if that means telling students IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS what they CAN and CANNOT wear, then so be it. In my opinion, that's the school's job. The students know upfront that if they wear something that violates the dress code, then they will be held accountable for their poor choice.
Okay, I'm off my soapbox now.