PRP Students’ Opinions About Dress Code Policies

Written by Debra Murray

Dress code policies are common in most schools in America as it provides rules for students to know what clothing to deem “inappropriate” when in a professional environment. Students all over PRP have various opinions on PRP’s dress code policies, and if it affects their education.

“Dress codes don’t help me prepare for the future. I mean, how does wearing certain clothes help me learn? We’re worried about what the teacher is saying, not what other students are wearing,” said Junior Logan Moakler.

Many students find specific rules unnecessary, such as the rules about shoulders or the well-known “fingertip rule.”

“There are a few rules that are unnecessary, like the rule about girls not being aloud to show their shoulders, with the reasoning being that ‘males may get aroused’. Trust me when I tell you that no one gets aroused by a little shoulder skin, and if they do, that’s an issue with the boy and not the girl,” said Junior Brennen Mason.

The point of dress code is to maintain order and have students dress appropriately for a school environment, but does it take away from a student’s individuality?

“Most people dress decent enough without the rules, with exceptions of course. Personally, I believe that dress codes with outlandish rules only restrict the students from being themselves,” said Mason.

While dress code policies are supposed to help add to a student’s education by limiting distractions, is it actually beneficial to students learning?

“I don’t find dress codes necessary to get a good education, and I think the rule about showing our shoulders is unnecessary because I don’t think it is distracting or affects our learning in any way,” said Junior Brianna Barley.

Over decades, society has become more accepting of what people can wear out in public. There was a time when it was considered shocking to show ankles or for women to be seen in shorts. As society becomes more accepting with different kinds of people with the LGBTQ+ movement, the Black Lives Matter movement, the #MeToo movement, and many more, will society also become more accepting of what people wear?

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