I was watching a news report last night regarding a school district in West Virginia that’s considering a dress code for teachers. Specifically, they are wanting to ban spandex, facial piercings, visible tattoos and overly-revealing clothes.
Never mind the piercings and tattoos for now. The main focus of this post is attire.
The teachers are complaining, saying that the dress code is unconstitutional. To a degree, their claims are justifiable, however so is the dress code. Although teachers shouldn’t be mandated to wear frumpy attire, they should dress professionally.
I went to a parent-teacher conference a couple of months ago and was shocked to see how one of the teachers was dressed. She was wearing a skin tight, mid-thigh length dress. That attire is fine for a date or a night on the town, but not in school. Especially, not for a teacher.
During the news report last night, they presented a question by someone on the school board. The person had asked if a teacher’s clothing really impairs a child’s ability to learn. My answer – Yes, it does. Let’s be realistic here. If a boy in the classroom is so caught up in gawking at the teacher, he’s not going to learn. His mind is going to be racing with thoughts, but none of them will be about the lesson being taught.
I have a son and know this to be true. He’s not going to hear a word the teacher says if she’s wearing a mini-skirt or showing too much cleavage.
Boys are already distracted enough in schools by their peers. They certainly don’t need to be lusting after their teachers. One of the women on the news broadcast made a statement which I’ll paraphrase. “Teachers could wear something like a black chic dress, which can still be sexy.” The keyword there, is “sexy”. Why does a teacher want to look sexy in front of children? What is the purpose behind that? Are they there to teach or to date?
A woman should be allowed to wear what she wants, within limits. If she works at a bar, a mini-skirt is appropriate. But if she works in a school, she should wear something professional. She shouldn’t wear something that is going to distract and entice the students. The thought of doing so, is disturbing to say the least. Should there really be any question as to why this is inappropriate?
What do you think? Do you think teachers should look sexy?