Meaning that, students have been able to wear yoga pants without long shirts, sweaters, etc. and have not been disciplined, so it seems that St. Joseph High School has some explaining to do about its recent change in the enforcement of its policy.
I went to public school but, years ago, taught at a private school in the Midwest that had a very particular dress code. Girls had to wear skirts of a certain length or they had to put on a long “granny skirt” provided by the history teacher. Boys in the middle and upper school had to wear blue blazers of the sort you get at a place like Brooks Brothers. There’s a girl’s Catholic high school down the street from the Jesuit college where I teach in Jersey City; the students have uniforms and, based on where some of their skirts’ hemlines are, I would think there are ongoing “skirt length wars.”
At my college, there is no dress code and guess what the number one favorite fashion choice is among the female students? Yes, indeed, yoga pants or sweat pants that are not exactly “floppy. ” It’s really not an issue unlike, of course, getting reading assignments down, writing papers using tools of critical analysis and secondary sources, learning vocabulary for the next Latin quiz, completing lab reports, etc., etc.. As Clouthier, the parent of a St. Joseph High School student, wrote, “It seems to me that schools seem to concentrate more on ‘appearances’ rather than what they are actually there for — to teach our children.”
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