If you can’t beat ’em! Join ’em! A California school district has decided to “surrender” and your kids will be the ones that will lose. A new permissive ‘dress code’ has been implemented in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) signaling the raising of the “white flag” and an end of an era.
On the surface, the school district and some parents may be happy with the change.
After all, there will no longer be arguments, either from the parents or the school if little Juan or little Hui Yin decide that they want to wear their pajamas to school.
According to the new policy rules, “Students will now have nearly unfettered freedom to wear almost whatever they want as long as they have a top, bottom, shoes and “clothing that covers specific body parts (genitals, buttocks, and areolae/nipples) with opaque material.”
Gone are the days when tube tops, tight or ripped jeans, short skirts, short shorts and even pajamas were unacceptable in school.
Hoodies are no longer a problem either as long as the student’s face can be seen.
Don’t worry if your child wears yoga pants, sweats or soccer shorts and their underwear is visible over the waistbands. It’s okay!!!
What it boils down to is that at least one school district will no longer care what your kid is wearing as long as you are ok with it.
And don’t worry parents. Your child would never fib and say you said it was perfectly fine if they wore a tube top with only pasties covering their nipples or a tiny fig leaf covering the crotch of their pants.
It’s all good, right? If not, no one from the school is going to call you and discuss any issues with the attire.
Gone are the days when sending a child to school meant that certain rules would be followed for the benefit of your child to learn how to function well within society by following certain norms.
In case you haven’t noticed, there are no longer “social norms” or “norms” of most any kind today.
Almost anything and everything goes it seems.
You’ll need to lower your expectations.
Don’t expect your school to teach your child anything beyond the academic requirements.
Are all parents unhappy with the new rules?
For some parents, these new rules should be looked at as a great thing.
Finally, the school is handing back over the “parental reins” which you allowed them to take from you in the first place.
It isn’t the school’s job to make sure a child is dressed appropriately for school. It’s really the role of the parent to ensure that a child is properly dressed for school, is appropriately behaved during the day and flourishes academically.
Or at least that’s the way it was in the “old school days.”
Parents, you are now in the driver’s seat again, right?
Just wait until your well-dressed teen goes to school and is chastised by other students for not wearing their pajamas or short shorts, regardless of how strict the “anti-bullying” rules at school may be.
Sending your child to school these days under progressive liberal policies is just “the bomb,” right?
Who came up with this “brilliant” idea?
Rebecca Baumgartner, an English and History teacher and an adviser to the students who was the brainchild behind getting rid of the old dress code (geared toward modesty and morals, no doubt) said:
“We’re still encouraging students to dress for an active school day. We want kids and parents and guardians to be deciding what appropriate is.”
The definition of what is “appropriate” is now left up to you and your child. There are no longer “rules” that the school sets for what is appropriate. Maybe in some household, tutus would be considered appropriate attire for school.
One parent says she happy that the students came up with the idea.
Parent Margo Dunlap said:
“There’s an opportunity to listen to the young people. They’re dressing in a way that’s comfortable for them.”
One of the students, Kristen Wong said the “old policy was confusing and degrading, enforced arbitrarily by teachers and staff.”
Wong describes having worn an outfit to school when she was in the sixth grade (12 years old) that consisted of “full-length jeans, a tank top with a scoop neck and a cardigan. An adult in the school office told her she couldn’t wear “that” again.
Wong couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the outfit because she “wasn’t showing cleavage, her shoulders were covered, she wasn’t wearing a too-short skirt, and her jeans had no rips or holes. She guessed her top was considered too revealing.”
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