High School Dress Codes

Impinging on Self-Expression or Promoting a Conducive Learning Environment?

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Good morning/afternoon, teachers and fellow students. I'm sure we all started today very similar to each other: we crawled out of bed after throwing our alarm clock at the wall - puzzled as to why it still works after about a million confrontations with that wall - we get dressed, grab a bite for breakfast - or not - and try not to miss our bus or the regular car pool. Am I right? Well, one person broke that routine one morning. His name is Daniel Lade and he's in tenth grade at Middleton High School. One morning he fronted up to school in wearing a full set of ...

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"dressing down" as it were or do you think it was unfair of the principal to intervene? I'll come back to my question a little later in this presentation. Just hold that thought.

What I want to talk to you about today is school dress codes. Are they fair or are they too strict? By the end of my presentation I hope to persuade all of you that, in general, school dress codes do more harm than good. However, I'm not advocating for the elimination of dress codes in school policy but rather a relaxing of them through delineating their real purpose and identifying the conditions within the code that would best comply with that purpose. I will present arguments for and against the relaxing of dress codes by highlighting theories from the impingement of self-expression to preventing gang-related violence. I will counter these claims and conclude with my own suggestion of the objective of enforcing a school dress code and what conditions must be met in order to encourage ...

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(Falls, 1997, 1) Other supporters state that students will oppose or rebel against any rule or regulation that may seem unfair or unreasonable to them (Fentimen, 2001, 2) because that's how society raised them - to push that envelope rather then resign to one's situation or fate. On a more practical note, there are some schools that forbid shorts which may seem unreasonable on particularly hot days. (Fentimen, 2001, 2)

Opponents of the relaxation of school dress codes quote ex-President Clinton in his 1996 State of the Union Address. Clinton suggested the enforcement of school uniforms for students in order to "stop [them] killing each other over designer jackets." ...

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