But more needs to be done. Our coalition is seeking a change of perspective and focus away from the culture of punishment, blame and shaming and toward one of equality and respect. Our goal is to create a districtwide policy that ensures equal treatment of girls, including fair messaging to and expectations of boys. We hope to promote a healthy dialogue among students and faculty about sexism and stereotypes. In consultation with district leadership, we formed a task force this fall to help gather input from the community and provide feedback to and meet regularly with the local school board, district superintendent and school principals to establish a new, collaborative and appropriate dress code policy that will be in place by spring 2015.
3. The school personnel must use a language that doesn’t shame (or distract) students when discussing dress code in announcements, emails or the classroom. For example, a superintendent at recently called dress code violators “skanks.” In a North Dakota school that banned yoga pants, clips of the movie “Pretty Woman,” which stars Julia Roberts as a Hollywood streetwalker, were shown in school, and female students were compared to prostitutes.
Student dress codes are hot topics online and in social media. Due to the inconsistencies between female and male dress codes, students of all ages are sharing pictures about outfits that have been problematic in schools around the country. Since this topic is so controversial right now, students are interested in voicing their opinion. In order to give students a voice, teachers can assign persuasive essay papers. Here are 15 good topics about dress codes for students in 6th grade:
4. An educational component on dress codes could be included not only in health class but also in literature, history and social studies, allowing students to discuss issues of body image, expression, shaming, gender stereotypes and the influence of the media in hypersexualizing girls. (And an examination of the culpability of corporate America could be added as well. Why is it that the vast majority of , even for toddlers, are of lengths deemed too short?)
When you decide on a topic for dress codes, you might have to do a bit of research to find data and historical facts. You might even need to interview a school board member, a principal, or a teacher to find out information about dress codes in your school district.
The public school dress code is questionable in that is the wardrobe of students really affecting the way they learn and act, and are some of the codes really necessary....
However, since the school dress code does not touch on body piercings in the handbook they cannot say anything and therefore, I can have my body pierced anywhere that I want to and they cannot do anything about it....
The introduction of dress codes has been a common intervention in our educational system to help decrease the number of disciplinary issues that are dealt with on a daily basis.
As a parent of three teens, I am accustomed to the routine. As I wrote in a June essay for Slate, two years ago, when she was in sixth grade. Her offense: shorts that didn’t meet the school’s dress code (which requires that shorts and skirts must “reach to the fingertips of the extended arm”). She spent the day donning an oversize shirt to cover her body as a punishment.
Nevertheless, students still get away with showing off a good three-fourths of their thighs and midriff section, or egotistic “muscle-shirts.” Some people would argue that it takes away students First Amendment by enacting a dress code, but honestly, why do you need to show off large amounts of flesh at school, where you are there to learn....
David Brunsma, a sociologist who wrote Uniforms in Public Schools: A Decade of Research and Debate in 2005, says, “Dress codes and school uniforms increase school safety by eliminating gang-related clothing and helping aid in the recognition of nonstudents on campus....
Without a dress code students have that chance to fit in and develop a personal style.
Many teachers and faculty believe schools without dress codes have lower test scores.
Therefore, stricter dress codes are being enforced, but is it worth it?
It isn’t appropriate for anyone besides a child’s parents to tell them what they can and can not wear.
Especially when the school isn’t providing uniforms or money to buy clothing that fit into their particular dress codes.
Another reason why schools shouldn’t enforce such strict dress codes is because of basic human rights.
It shouldn’t be a female student’s problem that some young boys get too “distracted” by what they wear when boys are hardly even affected by the dress code at schools anyways.
In conclusion, school dress codes are harsh and unnecessary and should be lessened at the least.