One look at Twitter, Facebook, Reddit or even in the news on almost any given day can show you that parents have a lot to say about the dress codes at various schools across the country that are making headlines due to a reported ban on specific items of clothing being worn by children.
According to these schools’ codes of conduct and their dress codes, in addition to rules about bare midriffs, tube tops and spaghetti straps, it states in bold letters that leggings that are not covered by shorts or a skirt of “acceptable length” are not permitted (we can’t help but note that the rules say absolutely nothing about yoga pants specifically, but instead talk about form-fitting leggings).
These rules are not new, they are just becoming more strictly enforced.
They’re also stirring up a lot of emotions. The issue has sparked some very interesting conversations in the parent community online about who gets to decide what is inappropriate to wear to school, about whether responsibility lies with the school or with the parents, and whether dress code rules (that seem to only affect girls) actually create a better learning environment for students (boys).
According to the Calgary Herald last year one outspoken teen said: “We can’t really dress the way we want, even on a hot day, when it’s hot in the school. We can’t wear tank tops, we can’t wear crop tops and we can’t wear short shorts,” said Alex Fox, a Grade 12 student at Jack James. “Yet, the guys, they can wear what they want.”
Do you think the rule against students wearing tight-fitting pants is fair? Or should schools be more worried about academics, and less worried about banning balls, forcing French on the playground and busting kids for wearing leggings as pants?