Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Calling a student out for what he or she is wearing is tantamount to bullying by the teacher and/or administration. They should have simply taken the girl aside or spoken to her in an office, instead of shaming her in front of her peers.
Aside from that, a classroom is a place to learn, not for ogling members of the opposite sex because they're wearing skimpy outfits in hot weather. Young people are ruled by their hormones and they don't need the extra distraction of bare flesh. I know some will say that they need to control themselves better, but the fact is that most can't or won't.
My high school didn't have a dress code as such, as I found out in my senior year. (There was a uniform for gym classes and sports teams, but that was all.) One hot day in June one of my fellow students was sent home by her math teacher because he was of the mind that what she was wearing - cutoff shorts and tank top - was inappropriate for class. The teacher in turn was scolded by the principal for doing so because the principal believed that the students could wear what they wanted as long as they did their schoolwork.
The math teacher figured that if there was in fact no dress code and the students could wear what they wanted, then the staff could also. He decided to bolster his argument by showing up for work the next day wearing an honest-to-goodness dress - borrowed from his wife, or who knew where he got it. He taught his first two classes of the day in that dress, much to the amusement of the students. The principal was furious and insisted that he change back to regular clothing, but the point had been made. Whether the incident actually effected changes in the dress code, I never found out.
To me, this should be the norm: no tank tops or spaghetti straps that allow a bra to show, and shorts that cover from the waist to mid-thigh. Better yet, use school uniforms. Then nobody has the right to complain. Those low-rise, belly-button revealing, butt-hugging things that show your crack are NOT shorts; save those for the beach. If you wouldn't wear it at an office job, you shouldn't wear it in school.