Students and staff of Scape Goat Hill High speak out about the ongoing dress code violation epidemic that has been plaguing the learning environment of the school.
According to on-site witnesses, the school’s hallways have become flooded by a constant flow of shamed students who have been evicted from their classrooms by staff members for violating the school’s strict dress code policy. The school’s records confirm that roughly 87% of the year’s convicted students were male.
The high school’s dress code explicitly forbids articles of clothing including, but not limited to, tank tops that expose the trapezius, deltoid or bicep muscles, tight-fitting athletic wear, and Chubbies, a brand of men’s shorts designed to hit the middle of the thigh. …show more content…
The Dri-Fit material tends to accentuate the shape of arm and core muscles, undoubtedly distracting the males’ peers. Many claim these shirts ‘wick away sweat during the warmer months,’ however the boys are clearly just finding excuses for their promiscuous attire.”
Scape Goat Hill High students seem to be concerned with not only the code itself, but its apparent sexist nature, and the missed class time faculty members seem to ignore for the sake of eliminating the distractions.
“Everyday, at least one of my male classmates is called out during a lesson to report to the principal’s office. It’s humiliating for that person, not to mention that he will most likely miss the majority of the class period,” junior Mark Even says.
“What the boys fail to understand is that their inappropriate dress completely distracts the female students from their lessons,” responds U.S. History teacher, Tripp Guilt. “It is unfair to expect the girls to be able to maximize their educational opportunities when the boys are continuously violating the dress code. It is only logical to place responsibility on the boys to prevent any reactions from their
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Joseph Wheeler High School's Dress Code Policy: A leading Cause For Rape. Many of the most impacting ideas are taught in school. However, the message that girls’ bodies are property and harassment is inevitable, should not be one of them. It is the message sent to a vast quantity of students around the world,by school dress codes.
After I left the principal’s office with a detention I walked past another student wearing a shirt that depicted two stick figures: a male holding down a females head in his crotch and saying ‘good girl’s swallow’. The teacher walked right past him and didn’t say a thing”. That statement says a lot about the way that girls and boys are treated when it comes to what types of clothing they are allowed to wear. And what the students are dress coded on needs to be changed, if not now then
of clothes, pants, or shoes in high school grade because they passed the middle school uniforms dress code when in middle school everyone would wear the same style or color. Therefore, in a high school mindset of dress code is “I can wear whatever I want and there will be no suspicion on me because it is high school” but not everything you can wear to school is going to get an approval from the administration or the school district. In the article, “Boys Wear Dresses After California High School Refuses to Change Dress Code: WATCH,” written by Andy Towie, introduced Buchanan High School at Clovis, California, stated that the school had a petition toward the board district officers to “approve a gender-neutral dress code” (Andy).
According to “Dacula high school dress code” students are not allowed to wear multiple things to school like shorts, crop tops, tank tops, rip jeans and trench coats and the list goes on. To me a crop top is like a sports bra, a sports bra is like a crop top. If girls can’t wear crop tops to school, why do we have cross country/ track girls in sports bras around the school training? Those same girls training around the school in those sports bras goes to Dacula high school, they are still apart of Dacula high school , they are breaking the school law by wearing sport bras around the school. Most crop tops shows half of your belly, sports bras shows your whole belly.
While the school administration argues that the dress code brings school unity, they are wrong because it takes away a sense of individuality from each student (Logos, concede). In today’s society, people use fashion and their daily outfits as a key way to express themselves. Students are constantly told throughout their school careers that they should demonstrates what makes them “different”, yet uniforms deny that sense of self-expression. According to Grace Chen of the Public School Review, uniforms may result in students turning to “other avenues of self-expression that may be viewed as even more inappropriate than clothing” (Ethos, professional credibility). This includes a nontraditional hairstyle, make up, or acting out towards authority at school or at home.
The administration and teachers think the dress code is just fine even if it means that the student will have to miss their classes. The dress code is unfair and females are told that they are distractions for boys and the class. Females are told that they will be a distraction to boys if they wear leggings or if their shoulders can be seen, but has anyone ever heard a boy say “Man those are some nice shoulders!” I never have. Women cannot express themselves as easy because of the restrictions they have on the clothing they can wear.
Any girl who has attended a public high school understands the daily dilemma of dress code. On those scorching hot days as the school year approaches summer, many girls can be found scavenging through their closet for a “school appropriate” outfit or one they won’t melt into a sweaty puddle in. Her dresses will show too much leg, her tops will inappropriately expose her shoulder or collar bone, and her shorts will be too short — at least that 's what the school says. Dress code in modern day high schools should be boycotted because they are a violation to student and parents rights, sexist, out of date, a double standard, and they disrupt a female students education. It 's fair to agree with a policy that claims stringent dress codes increase the emphasis on academics and reduce the pressure of socioeconomic status; however, these dress codes violate the students First Amendment right to freedom of expression and the parents’ Fourteenth Amendment right to raise their children in their own way.
In the article, Arguments Against School Uniforms, it says “ policies(dress codes) place limitations on freedom of expression…” This quote explains why most kids think dress codes are living nightmares. When all students look the same, it doesn’t let them express who they really are. Whenever kids wear what they want, they can express their personality through what they wear. On the contrary, the only problem about not having dress codes is that some kids bully each other for what they wear, which is totally unacceptable.
Reporter Kelly Wallace, from CNN writes a piece about Catherine Pearlman, a mother of two who said her daughter was, now 13 was told by her teacher she couldn 't wear her yoga pants to school because “ Boys would get turned on and then be embarrassed.” The article then goes on to show the mothers anger towards the sexuall “lessson” that was made to her daughter. Her daughter was just 13. She does not understand why the outfit her mother bought her is wrong. It is not just this one teacher who has this mindset Kosher Casual writes their five benefits of dress code.
Gabrielle Sorto states, “Rose Lynn scribbled on her shirt what a school administrator told her when she was sent home for violating dress code. ‘It doesn't cover your crotch,’ her shirt read. ‘You'll distract the boys” (1). Rose believed that it was unfair for girls to be dress coded for things boys were not. When she decided to wear that shirt, she was not only following her beliefs, but she also wanted to make a statement to others saying that dress codes are not okay.
The high school students in the article “Student protests over growing gender-equal dress codes” took action against dress codes that discriminate the young adults for clothes that aren’t “of the norm.” “Not only have students been disciplined for violating dress codes, some say they've faced discrimination. A high school boy on a cheerleading team in Ohio was denied lunch in early February for wearing a bow in his hair. Boys at West High School in Columbus, Ohio, then wore bows in their hair to show their solidarity for him.” This particular student was part of his school’s athletic team and his fellow students looked at him different because he decided to wear what the other members of his team were wearing.
Over the last 20 years, many schools have shifted away from fairly unregulated student dress codes to more stringent dress codes, with some schools implementing voluntary or mandatory school uniforms. There are several positions on the dress code issue, each of which have their own persuasive arguments to support them, which can be evaluated to examine their validity. One position in favor of implementing dress codes is that these standards can improve student safety and perhaps even student performance at school. There are variations on this position that favor strict standards on what students can wear, while others want to implement school uniforms in public schools. The opposing view is that students should not be subject to any dress codes on the grounds that they restrict students' freedom of expression, and that they may place unfair cost burdens on poor families.
Students can express their style and identity through their clothes. Students would like the freedom to keep up with latest styles and fashion and having dress codes takes that away. Lee Rowland, “School dress codes are saying that the self-identity that you want to express through your clothes doesn 't belong here. ”(Rowland 1).
Over the years more and more schools are adopting some form of a dress code, these dress codes are often implemented to focus more on education rather than fashion which has led to a lack of creative freedom, it is assumed that boys cannot control themselves, boys dress codes are more lenient than girls dress codes, and so many other problems. All of these problems come from three major issues regarding dress code, which is sexism, dress codes are considered more important than education, and the overall affects dress codes have on students. According to Merriam Webster, dress code is formally or socially imposed standards of dress. Dress codes cause a number of problems in schools throughout the world and all of these problems stem from the fact that school systems use dress codes in order to make the focus more on education. In the end dress codes end up doing quite the opposite.
First, by invoking a sense of professionalism, students would learn valuable lessons that are implemented in the working world. Secondly, students would be more inclined to express themselves through other ways not limited to fashion. Finally, dress codes can erase the economic and social differences among students, and invoke a sense of equality. While uniforms in high schools promise many benefits, we should not expect that they are a solution for every problem. However, dress codes in schools can go a long way toward supporting students’ achievement by providing a learning environment that encourages