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R.I.P. Dress Code!

When I saw her outside the office, I wanted to pick up the phone and call someone and say, “Good morning, Natalie will not be allowed in class this morning until someone brings her a change of clothes.”  She had on a waist-length shirt, leggings(they were tights), and calf-length boots.  I really believe she did not have on any underwear,  if she did, they were thongs.  Her “cheeks” were in full view of everyone.  Unfortunately, she couldn’t be sent home, she was a teacher. Yes, a teacher.  You could tell she was uncomfortable, because she kept trying to pull the shirt down over her butt.  I wonder what her thoughts were as she looked in her mirror that morning?   The next day, another teacher, maybe in competition, came in with the same outfit, only her shirt was a little longer.  A student teacher remarked, “She looks like she’s going to a bar.”  She did.  What happened to the dress code? W hen did it become “anything goes?”  My principal did discuss the dress code at the beginning of the year, but maybe these teachers are confused with the term, “dressing like a professional.”  We used to have casual Fridays, but when teachers came in with dirty sneakers and holy jeans, Jeans Day became a special occasion.  There is a male teacher in my school who always wears a shirt, dress pants,shoes, and  a tie.  He says he does it to inspire his students.  Other teachers have mocked him, he doesn’t care, I love that he does that. And no, we don’t always have to wear ties, or heels, or dresses, but dress in a matter that allows someone to look at you as the professional you are and show you the respect you deserve.

Yeah, yeah, I’ve read plenty of articles where teachers say it doesn’t matter how they dress, all that matters is how they teach. They say their dress doesn’t make them any less professional.  However, in the real world, people do judge you by the way you look. If you look sloppy, people think you’re sloppy, if you look like you’re dressed for the bar…


Comments on: "R.I.P. Dress Code!" (3)

  1. Weekend Wisdom – “You may still feel young, but in your students’ minds,you’re over the hill. That means you should dress like an adult. The more professional you look, the more professional you’ll feel- and the greater chance your students will see you as a professional.”

  2. This must be an American post. You would have been thrown out of school if as a teacher you wore anything remotely close to that (In Canada). Here, we MUST wear dress pants and preferable a dress shirt. No jeans are ever allowed. I have never seen a teacher wear Jeans. And I completely agree with the statement that people do judge you whether they want to or not, its just in our genes.

    • Yes kasia, it is an American post. You should see what they wear when it is warm! However, I have to say that most teachers in the U.S. dress professionally.

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