Argument In Defense Of The Dress Code: A Critical Look

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Dress Code: a Critical Look
The school bell rings, and the students all file into their first class. The teacher enters the classroom and looks them over with a critical eye. “Smith!” The teacher points at the only kid in the room that is different. Amidst the sea of brown, black, and blonde hair, hers is a bright, fluorescent, pink. Her cheeks heat and she stops trying to pull her homework out of her bag. Some of her classmates snicker as the teacher orders her to the Principal 's office, while some cast her envious or sympathetic looks; Envious because she’d dared to disobey dress code, and sympathetic because she would likely be suspended for the rest of the day as punishment. While this particular situation is a hypothetical, there are
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Prohibiting hats lessen the amount of kids who wish to be gangsters, prohibiting trench coats means that kids won’t bring guns to school. This isn’t true. If anything, giving teenagers even less control over their already restricted life leads to an increase in rebellious behavior. DaCosta writes in Dress code blues: An exploration of urban students ' reactions to a public high school uniform policy, “They have a need to exert power, but they are powerless. In the absence of such means, one can understand how appearance and clothing choices become the ultimate tools for meeting these needs.” She continues, “Findings indicated that the overwhelming majority of students were opposed to and non-compliant with the school uniform policy,” This is just the manifestation of the consequence to restricting their dress. The students don’t like it, and it isn’t doing any good if students are being …show more content…
Earl Ogletree addresses this point in the article Parents ' Opinions of the Uniform Student Dress Code. saying, “Advocates believe that a uniformity dress code promotes a feeling of "oneness" among students, and can reduce the difference between the "haves" and "have nots" This in of itself is not a bad goal, but Ogletree continues on to say, “though the majority of the students admit to the pressure put on them by their peers in reference to clothes, they were or they are still opposed to a dress code/uniform policy. Students basically feel that a dress code policy whether it be uniformity or not would not eliminate competition over clothes.” Those with means will always find a way to show their ‘superiority’ over those without. Dress code doesn’t help that. Not only does it not eliminate competition over clothes, it can do some real harm. Michelle and Knechtle write, “Dress has cultural and ethnic dimensions. Some youth of color, their parents, families, and community members may view dress codes and uniforms as restrictions on students ' cultural expressions of dress.” In schools with dress codes, all hats and other headcoverings are forbidden. What about someone who wears a hijab or burka? This would be a serious infringement on their rights, and would create tension

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