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BLOG #2-Is a Dress Code Coming to Newfane?
This is a 'Free Speech' installment in our Participation in Government class.
When I first started teaching, one thing that I thought would never happen in any of our Niagara County Schools would be an open, SERIOUS discussion about a student uniform dress code. Recently the issue is being talked about at Starpoint Central School-and it's gaining support. The "powers that be" have opened a public policy question discussion by publicly stating that the best way to end the myriad of problems that result from student dress would be to institute a dress code for students that would force them to conform to a set a clothing regulation. Many school administrators have wondered aloud, "How can we get rid of bullying, student anxiety, class warfare, inappropriate dress, weapons possession, etc. in our school?" The most plausible answer? Why not follow the lead of hundreds of schools nationwide since the shootings at Columbine High School. If you have students dress the same, and these problems disappear...
So what do you think!?! Will our problems go away? Will this end some of the problems between "CLASS SUB-GROUPS" (or as I say "Cliques") as the author of the news article Tim Marren queries?
One opinion says no. As we will see later on in the course, Michael Moore will discuss in the movie Bowling for Columbine, that students have lost their rights to freely express themselves because school administrators have employed the "zero-tolerance" rule. And this is bad for the "Land of the Free..."
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Article posted September 17, 2012 at 09:21 AM •
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