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Author Topic: Dress code policies? Free speech issues?  (Read 12838 times)
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« Reply #4: October 18, 2008, 08:12:41 pm »

I think in some cases dress codes go way too far.  And requiring school uniforms in public schools is a bit out of line, since most of them require the parents to buy or rent the uniforms.  If I had the money for that kind of thing I would be sending my kids to a private school, not a public one. 

I agree with the student that said (about uniforms quelling the gang problems), that it only covers the symptoms, not solve the problem itself.  As for the sexually revealing, and certain logos and the like (anything I won't let my kids say/watch/drink/etc., I won't let them wear...), I think it is perfectly appropriate to not allow them.

When it comes to religious, political, etc. clothing, jewelry, and the like, I do not believe they should be banned.  Banning of colors the same. 

I do believe that many of the school dress codes go out of their way to make all the kids the same.  These children are people, individuals, not robots to be programmed.

Repeated arguements I've heard is that school uniforms save money for parents.  No more need to buy $100 dollar sneakers or designer labeled jackets, etc.

Agreed on the gangs.  Kids will find other ways to do it.  My soon-to-be ex-wife said that in the parocial school, the girls pulled one-upmanship thru socks.  Socks weren't requlated as part of the school uniform, so rich girls had expensive & fancy socks. Gangs will find something similar.

I'm not sure how the t-shirts in the article were being tied to gang issues though.  I guess the school could have an outright ban on t-shirts.  The kids would have a bigger hurdle to jump if the rule is shirts must have collars.  The school could argue that it's not the content that is being banned, but the type of shirt.  Barring more info, I'm for the students. 

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