Back when I was in school (and this is a looooong time ago), the biggest offense you can make by violating the dress code was wearing a sleeveless shirt or a skirt that didn’t reach the knees. These days, when you have so many celebrities posing naked for magazines nothing seems to be shocking us anymore, and that includes what our kids are or aren’t wearing.
According to Yahoo Parents, there are pre-schools (yes, pre-schools!) that are so fed up with how some of their students are showing up to school that they are asking parents to make sure their kids are “modestly dressed” before dropping them off in the morning. While I think this is a FABULOUS idea (remember those short shorts that Target sold on their shelves to adolescent girls last year?) some parents are up in arms over the rules.
Here are some just a few incidents in which girls were asked to “modestly” cover up their bodies at school:
- A 5-year-old Texas girl was asked to put a T-shirt and jeans on over a full-length spaghetti strap maxi dress because the straps were in violation of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s clothing policies. Never mind that it was hot outside. Never mind that she is 5.
- The 6th grade girls who were invited to a Rhoades Elementary pool party were instructed that uncovered bathing suits were not allowed. The exact instructions on the invitation? “All girls must wear a non-white T-shirt over their swimsuit.”
A 9-year-old girl in Colorado was recently suspended from her public school when she chose to shave her head to support a friend of hers who lost her hair to chemotherapy. Thankfully, the school board reversed the decision.
Blogger Mary McCoy seems to be outraged by these rules as she writes:
I don’t even know WTF modesty shorts are, but they sound restrictive and institutionally sexist. As her mother, safety and common courtesy suggests that I should make sure she attends school with her body parts properly covered, but I am fundamentally not OK with a dress code policy that tacitly communicates to my daughter that her body is dangerous and fodder for adult policing.
Honestly, it’s either we’re upset that the clothes are too short and tight or upset when teachers and authorities then ask our kids to cover up. Tell us Hot Moms, what side of the coin are you on? Do you think schools should have stricter dress codes at home?
Source via Yahoo Parenting