There is a growing issue with our schools.
It’s start with inadequate funding.
Many schools don’t have air conditioning and students have a difficult time concentrating because the classes are too hot. I personally think that if the administration and government really cared about our children’s education they would see that the school are comfortable. I got involved in my child’s elementary school upon learning that the school not only didn’t have air conditioning or windows that open, they also didn’t have heaters during the winter. Children were getting sick or/and fainting in class due to temperature issues. Yet, the school was putting all their energy into having children respect the dress code, which didn’t reflect the reality of the school environment.
Yet, the school was putting all their energy into having children respect the dress code, that was both outdated and which didn’t reflect the reality of the school environment.
It also seems that these dress codes are only aimed at girls with the excuse that “boys will be boys”. I’m sorry, but that’s unacceptable. It seems that the school administrators place more and more value on the education and well-being of boys over the ones of girls.
“We’ve been taught a woman’s body will cause men to sin. We’re told taht if a woman shows too much of her body men will do stupid things. Let’s be clear, a woman’s body is not dangerous to you. Her body will not cause you harm. It will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things, it is because you chose to do stupid things.” – Nate Pyle
Some school administrators defend having a strict dress code on the reality of the work place. They say they are preparing kids for the world of work. As an adult working in an insurance office, I can testify that dress codes have changed over the course of my career. It’s much less restrictive and conservative as it used to be. Today, I’m wearing a short black dress which shows off my shoulders. Men are no longer required to wear a tie every and jacket every day.
Respect & Self-Control
Some specific dress codes requirements uniquely affect girls, even though the rules are purportedly gender neutral.
Although some dress code allows for both girls and boys to wear shorts, they need to be a certain length. Nothing wrong with that in theory. The problem is that in stores, boy’s shorts are typically sold with a much longer inseam than girls. Making shorts inaccessible for girls.
Some dress code affects only girls and the reasoning is that wearing these items (ex: yoga pants) would get boys turned on and make them feel embarrassed. Schools who use this type of reasoning to justify their dress codes, effectively placing the burden on girls to cover themselves up to stop boys from reacting toward them with inappropriate behaviour.
“Boys in school need to be taught that it doesn’t matter if the girl next to them is in a bikini or a burqua, it’s their job to learn algebra regardless, and how she’s dressed has nothing to do with them.” – father of a 5-year-old girl who was sent home with more “conservative” clothing on after wearing a harmless dress to school.
She was 5 years-old. Schools need to stop sexualising children.
Besides from learning algebra, boys should be taught how to interact and respect girls regardless of what they are wearing.
Since dress codes and sending children home to change for being too sexy is happening from kindergarten on, it’s clearly not an issue of male raging hormones.
When you send a school girl home to change her clothing, you are teaching her that boys education is more important than hers.
When will people realise how big of an issue this really is?