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Letter: Need for school dress code a bad sign

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Posted: Saturday, August 4, 2012 9:12 am

No flip-flops or beach/pool shoes. No clothes or accessories that are distracting to the learning environment. No facial piercings, nose piercings, tongue piercings, (ear lobe plugs) in ears or elsewhere that are visible or multiple earrings. No visible cleavage. No visible undergarments. No clothes that are too tight, too loose or transparent. No bare midriffs or skirts that are more than 3 inches above the knee. No spaghetti straps, no bare shoulders, no exercise pants, exercise shorts, sweat shirts, sweat pants. Men’s shirts should have a collar attached.

Now these are just common sense school environment dress regulations. The only problem is that they are not regulations for the students; they are for the teachers.

Some Arizona school districts have gotten so fed up with the way the teachers come dressed for school that they were forced to enact these dress codes. Since Arizona is a right to work state the school districts don’t have to worry about being dragged to court by the teachers unions for these requirements.

Remember back in the 1950’s and the early 1960’s before the San Francisco “Flower Child Revolution” when teachers wore suits and dresses. When teachers looked like and acted like teachers. When teachers taught instead of mentoring. No wonder Johnny and Jane can’t read or add anymore when their teachers have to be told how to dress appropriately.

Leon Ceniceros

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