Dress code not 'antiquated,' just too exhausting to enforce

Posted: Sep. 4, 2019 3:40 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

The Herald-Whig article from Aug. 21 headlined "QHS updating ‘outdated' dress code," should have been titled "QHS lowering standards on dress code." Frankly, I'm surprised they even acknowledge having a dress code. Over several years of substituting in the public schools, I have been appalled at much of the clothing (not to mention behavior) I've seen. Jeans ripped beyond recognition, rips open in places on the body that shouldn't be exposed, clothes that easily double as pajamas, pajamas that make due for clothes, boys' pants low enough on the hips that they have to be held up with one hand, girls' T-shirts that leave very little to the imagination, bedroom slippers for shoes, etc.

The current dress code is not "antiquated" as the principal said, rather it is too exhausting to enforce, in my opinion. School teachers and administrators have lost so much control over their students that dress code seems to now be delegated to the "don't sweat the little things" category. Their hands have been tied by "rights" of students and their parents, so that effective enforcement of rules is translated to mean prejudice, sexism, racism or harassment. I've witnessed behavior and backtalk to teachers and principals that would've gotten anyone suspended in a healthy society with nothing more today than a stern look from the "authority."

Men and boys should not wear hats indoors. Girls and boys should have some modicum of modesty and decency in their dress. School uniforms would be a great solution, but that would probably never fly in the public schools here. Yes, I sound like everyone's grandmother, but I'm disgusted and saddened over the lack of expectations we have for our youth. The lowest common denominator in our society actually dominates the standard expectations for everyone else. Everyone loses.

Judy Chew