The Pros And Cons Of School Dress Codes

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“All students should be able to dress comfortably for school and engage in the educational environment without fear of or actual unnecessary discipline or body shaming,” the code states in its “values” section,” (McCombs). There are a total of 269,995 schools in the United States and just a hand full of them have realized the insufficiency of their dress codes. Admittedly, girls’ have the potential to be scandalous; however, school dress codes shouldn’t be so sexist towards them because it allows contemptuous behavior, affects women scholars’ education, and it is extremely outdated.
While it’s true that school dress codes were made to ensure the decency of each individual’s body image, it has been often used by students to target each
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“The dress code is outdated and out of touch with the clothing that is being marketed and sold to girls,” states Catherine Pearlman. Schools don’t seem to understand that their codes are so old that they no longer fit into the modern day style of society. Additionally, girls can’t be a byword for getting dress coded because stores just don’t sell shorts that go down to their knees or shirts that cover their entire stomach that are also cute and comfortable to wear. Evanston Township High School in Oregon decided to update their dress code in 2017 for the reason that, “The previous dress code and enforcement philosophy did not align with our equity goals and purpose, and it had to be changed.” This is only one school making a tremendous impact on all the daily lives of their students. Also, girls will no longer be used as scapegoats for the boys who are “distracted” during class and are failing. All things considered, it is just a small amount of schools standing up and making the change; however, in time other schools will finally do the right thing for all of their students and correct their student dress
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