Having now read way too many letters about school dress codes and certain “ways of life,” I can only shake my head in disbelief at how many miss the intent of so-called dress codes.
Having spent 40 years in secondary education, and having been party to far too many meetings about dress codes, I learned that “dress codes” are about one thing and one thing only.
They are not about teaching respect, preparing for life after high school or any other such nonsense. They are about control. Adults know they can not control most of what students do or think so they try to control what little is left, how they dress.
Sure there are some standards of decorum and good taste that should be upheld. The length of a boy’s hair is irrelevant.
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William Eisentrager, Fowler