Last week, we posted a video report from BBC America featuring a group of New Jersey students and parents who are pushing for a change to their school dress code, saying the traditional rules unfairly target female students and promote stereotypes about gender and sexuality.
Most of the readers who responded to our question “Is it time to rethink student dress codes?” felt differently. Here is a sampling of their responses (some have been edited for length or clarity):
Dress codes seem fine, but the rules should be the same regardless of gender, e.g. shirts shall have sleeves of at least 1 inch, bottoms may only be X inches above the knee (would cover shorts, skirts and dresses). No profanity, no racial or gender slurs — that sort of thing.
Kudos to these young ladies for their efforts.
—Terri Latendresse, Renton
Schools that have adopted uniforms avoid a whole list of distractions — the least of which is sexuality. When all students wear simple slacks and tops (easily laundered and non-specific as to gender), students are free from the constant reminder of who has the money to wear expensive clothing and who doesn’t.
—Barbara Kroon, Vancouver
I believe that both boys and girls should wear clothing that covers their bodies as well as their undergarments. We have a fair dress code that requires girls and boys to cover up, and this year we will work with parents to come up with the wording for the dress code for the school handbook.
—Kim Uyyek, Poulsbo educator
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Do you agree with these readers? What are the rules like at your school? Feel free to chime in in the comments.