school and “professionalism”
ok heres a bit of a rant about dress codes and “professionalism” from this post that got me going
To start off with I’d like to point out that school is not a professional environment for the students - it is not your profession or job to attend school and learn (though it is legally enforced). “Student” is not a profession or a job. “Teacher” or “administrator” is in fact a profession so they are required to dress as such. So don’t try to compare their standpoints to those of the students. And the women fighting for their rights in the middle east are indeed badass but that is not the current topic.
For the age groups that commonly attend school it is a time in their life where self expression is vitally important - whether it is through clothes, music, activities, or social media. To kill who they are making themselves out to be while in the creative process simply leads to a miserable child.
Another point that people bring up is “inappropriate and/or revealing clothing.” I agree, some clothes reveal too much; however it is not right to criticize someones choices and punish them in the name of “decency.” There is indeed a limit, such as showing private areas, you yourself wearing something you are uncomfortable with or something that goes against your personal beliefs. But that is it. Policing things such as tank tops and yoga pants I consider absurd. Just because you yourself find it indecent does not exactly mean it is. What exactly is so enticing, so distracting about stomachs, shoulders, or legs hmm? We are discussing school dress code so if you are over 18 you shouldn’t even be thinking those types of things about the group mentioned, you soggy chicken nugget. If someone of that group does in fact become aroused by said clothing that is not the fault of the wearer. The effected person should be able to work it out themselves without bringing in authority. Put bluntly, if it bothers you so much don’t fucking look. I would also like to point out that the definition of inappropriate is “not suitable or proper in the circumstances.” And as I said before, school is not a professional environment and therefore casual clothing is not inappropriate.
I have seen comments stating that they “can’t wait till they pull this shit at their jobs and get their asses fired.” I would like to address these comments. Do you honestly believe that high school students are unable to differentiate a professional environment from a casual one? To them, and to me, school is a casual environment. They are able to recognize these things and will dress accordingly so what I would like to say is sit your ass down and reflect on your disdain and assumption that those younger than you are dumb.
I would like to point out that there are strict dress codes not only in high school. I personally went to a Catholic elementary and middle school so this is first-hand experience. True, private schools aren’t regulated by the state but recently this “professionalism” craze has spread to public school as well. If we were to deviate from those rules we were given detention and our parents were notified. In elementary and middle school. Those attending elementary and middle school are children. CHILDREN. Children have no need of looking like working adults but were forced to because the administrators thought it looked “professional.” Even though they are children. High schoolers are also children because they are not adults. It is simply what the adults want. And you know what? Those rules weren’t so strict because of that; really it was the adults in power wanting to see how much they can control the children under their care. I would like to repeat myself: they are children. Children do not have any reason to look “professional.”
In what ways is a school supposed to be professional hmm? It is a learning environment. And what age groups are commonly associated with learning and schools? That’s right, children. Let children be themselves.
Tldr: school is not a professional environment and you shouldn’t have to worry about being “professional” until you are considered a working-class citizen