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Hide Nothing,Show All! The Way Our Students Dress for School!

While waiting for my car alarm to be fixed, my hubby and I walked over to the Old Country Buffet for breakfast. While we were enjoying our meal, I people watched. When I yelled, "Ewww!", my husband looked up, wondering if I had ingested something other than food. However, my loud comment did not stem from my food, it was from the view of a woman's buttocks as she rose from her seat. Not just the crack, but the whole top of her butt! Why did I have to see that? Why wasn't she wearing a belt? Yuck!

It brought to mind, how over the past few years, the words "Pull up your pants" (male and female), or "pull up your shirt" (females) have been spoken by me, repeatedly, to the students in my class. The sad part is, I teach 10 -12 year olds. My boys come to school without a belt, holding their pants up as they walk , and the girls, well, their blouses are low enough to show all. The male 5th grade teacher had a time last year with a little girl who dressed, and looked, like a woman. She wore makeup, and a tight, low-cut, blouse, practically every day. He finally got to the point where he kept T-shirts in the room, and made her wear them.

I've tried talking to parents, especially about my girls. Most of the time, they became defensive, sometimes even irate. They felt that I had no right to tell them how to dress their children. I had conversations with my girls, asking them to look at the way I dress. I told my boys the origin of wearing no belts, the sagging pants, but nothing seemed to work! I know they won't go back to the way I dressed when I was a child, but seriously?

I drop my son at his high school every morning, I can not describe the sights I see every day! The boys' boxer shorts, girls in booty shorts, or low-cut pants, midriff blouses, and what seems to be the staple, low-cut, tight blouses. I feel sorry for the male middle and high school teachers, especially when it's warm. And no, I am not saying anything negative or implying that the male teachers are pervs. But who wants that in their face every day? My son's school, like mine, does has a dress code, but it is rarely enforced.

We seem to have become a society of "hide nothing, show all", whether we're young or old. I recently read an a blog post about lingerie for little girls. SMH

Is it a problem in other countries?

Besides uniforms, what solutions does your school have for this problem?

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Comment by duygu efeturk on September 2, 2011 at 5:00pm

It is really a hard task to comment on and take action.In my country pupils waer uniforms but whenever I see them outside the school, the situation is exactly the same as yours.

In these ages children are like 'soaps'.If you hold them tightly they slip away.therefore it is really important to recognize the priorities.I mean it is sometimes more important to be able to teach the dress codes or appropriate ways of social behaviour than maths or literature.therefore I completely agree with you and I think the problem is about their role models.I mean they imitate the people around them or on televisions.but it is very hard to control everyone and it is also very hard to awaken the kids about the importance of attaching more importance to education than their appearance.

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