Around the school the students here seem to be affected by this year’s change, wearing what they see as appropriate for them. After asking around a group of girls stated they felt great and didn’t care what people had to say about them. To them they feel they’re expressing themselves which is good for their self esteem.
Teachers don’t seem to know the handbook or what appropriate dress is. Executing this rule on the male students for wearing a head wrap, yet not even batting an eyelash at the girls who walk in with their midsections showing or who wears the shorts with the pockets longer than the denim itself.
With this issue being sent to Mr. Byam for any response, none was received. On the contrary students piled up with comments like, “I don’t see how girl get away with wearing revealing stuff like that”, “Guys get in trouble with their headbands when girls wear them all the time”, “It’s not like it’s hard to chose a different shirt or shorts for school, it’s school not a club”, no specific person wanted to give out their name. Which is right, this is a school of learning, not a club.
A line like ‘Cleanliness and appropriate dress contribute to a positive learning environment’ there’s a lot to think about. It should be more direct and should actually be enforced. It would make such a difference in the school with behavior, the atmosphere, and attention of the students. Now think if we can’t trust our teachers and higher authority to follow their own rules and know what appropriate is, how can we follow anything else?