An article produced by CNN states that “A Colorado third-grader was suspended after shaving her head to show support for a friend battling cancer, because she’d violated her school’s dress code banning shaved heads. Her parents expected the school to make an exception for such a brave display of sympathy. This shows that even when we are trying to show support for our peers, it is still unacceptable because it is against the school policy. The American Civil Liberties Union says the Supreme Court has affirmed students’ rights to express their opinions, as long as they don’t “materially and substantially” disrupt classes or other school activities. But it warns on its website that it won’t always win a dress code debate: “If you think your school’s dress codes and hair codes are unfair and you want to challenge them, be aware that a court probably won’t overturn the codes unless the judge finds that they’re really unreasonable, or that they’re discriminatory.”
A psychologist at the University of Technology Queensland observed how some schools whether private or public required girls to either wear skirts or dresses. “she said some schools were more likely to promote skirts and dresses as part of the uniform because girls “look better in them.” She stated that parents really have no clue what is going on and that there is an inherent sexism involved. Also, the girls feel restricted when they are in their uniform because the dresses prevent them from interacting in the sports and activities they want to do. A former student that went to that high school explained that wearing a skirt everyday to school made her feel disadvantaged. She has stated that “It’s also a constant battle about the length of skirt between teachers and students, which wouldn’t be a problem if we were given more of an opportunity to wear pants and I think it’s a worry because other people can see up your skirt while walking up stairs, which could easily be solved with pants.”Tags: #stop schools uniforms
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