blogging on education in Worcester, in Massachusetts, and in America
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I Am More Than A Distraction
A good post on what we say in dress codes, in how they're enforced, and in how girls are speaking up about them.
The rules applied across the country, however, go well beyond short shorts. For example, a school in North Dakota recently banned skinny jeans, leggings and yoga pants. What these examples tend to have in common is the targeting of girls — and not just of bare skin but of the female silhouette itself.
The trend has created a new front in the dress code wars. Refusing to be shamed, girls are instead raising their voices. They are demanding to be treated with fairness — as more than the sum of their body parts and more than a classroom distraction to boys. Students at Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York, and Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, have recently walked out of classes, protesting strict and unfair dress code enforcement.
And this is in Governance subcommittee in Worcester, so more to come!