Are High School Dress Codes All They’re Cracked Up to Be?
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Across the country, more than half of public schools enforce some sort of dress code. These range from regulating the length of students’ shorts to mandating everyone at the school wear a uniform.
Advocates say dress codes save students time getting ready in the morning and reduce peer pressure to spend money on clothes. They also say dress codes prepare students for the workplace while reducing gang activity and violence.
But opponents say dress codes could come across as potentially racist and sexist. They also argue that regulating what students wear doesn’t prepare them for the workplace, as many companies are now embracing more casual dress codes.
This debate is making waves across Florida. One Palm Beach County Commissioner took to social media after her daughter was placed in in-school suspension for wearing jeans with a hole in the knee. In 2018, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund asked the Florida Department of Education to take action against schools that ban Afros and braids after a student was sent home for wearing his hair in dreadlocks.
There’s also the argument that enforcing dress codes — and punishing students for violating them — takes away from valuable learning time. Below, two students weigh in on the pros and cons of dress codes.
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