Hello fellow bloggers. I have returned from under the rock and would like to rant a little bit. If it’s ok with ya’ll. I would like to dive into the brouhaha about the plublic school dress code.
I, personally, am happy to see this take place. I drive around quite a bit with my job, and have the opportunity to see students coming and going around schools. I must be getting old because I am truly disappointed in the general dress of the kids. Yes, I was a kid once, and it was the late 60’s/early 70’s and I remember some of the lame things that we wore.
These clothes aren’t lame, they’re just ugly and don’t do justice to the young people that are wearing them. Girls who have more belly that I worry about, letting it all hang out with belly rings. Breasts, now it seems growing earlier than usual bursting out of skimpy tank tops. Pants or shorts that are hanging the the balance on hips that seem to be advertising something. And don’t even get me started on tattoos!
Young men, who are our future business leaders and fathers, have more trouble walking because one hand is forever positioned in a pocket (trying to be inconspicuous) trying desperately to keep the pants up, even though they are hanging precariously below the faded boxers or briefs. My favorite chant is the rap song ‘Pull your pants up boy’ at www.pullyourpantsupmission.com and I really DO want to jump out and pull those pants up. (I know the general hygiene of young men and I SURE don’t want to see those nasty boxers/briefs that are trying hard to grasp the waistband of the jeans.)
I must admit that I am quite biased due to the fact that I was a prisoner at a Catholic girls school with nuns who investigated every hem line, collar and detail of our fall/winter and spring/summer uniforms. Yes, I had attended public schools in grade school, but back in the dinosaur days, our moms dressed us conservatively. Now that our kids go to the same school I did, we are back in uniform mode. Our kids love it. No wondering what to wear, if it’s acceptable, and if it fits the groove of what the cool kids are wearing.
I have spoken with a few folks about this dress code change and for the most part, not everyone is happy. They are against having to go and buy more clothes. I WISH that we could buy our things at local stores. NOOOOOO! It costs $30 for a pair of pants for our son (who has to have 3 pairs)and over $25 for a skort for our daughter (who also has to have 3) and shirts with the school logo(3 short sleeve/3 long sleeve each at $20). Then there are the P.E. shirts, shorts,and sweats with the school logo (about $120), jackets, and shoes that are acceptable. Yep, would LOVE to buy our stuff at Wal-Mart!
I will say that I hope and believe from past experience, that kids will do better due to the fact that all of them look the same, so they are not concentrating on what they need to have or who doesn’t have it. When you all look the same, no one cares if you are in a low income level and have to wear the same clothes every day (even if they are clean) or if you are richer than Croesus and can afford the absolute best. You judge the person on who they are inside. This can lead to some great friendships between some that never would have met if they were wearing those ‘other’ clothes.
Yes, I know that I will probably get a lot of negative replies, but give it all a chance. After all, Catholic schools have been doing it for a long time and it can’t be all bad. Thanks for letting me out long enough to rant.