School is back in full-swing and with it come the debates. There always seems to be so much to debate when it comes to our children and their education, and this week we’re talking all things dress codes and uniforms. Are they wildly outdated and sexist? Or are they necessary to level the field?
This past June a principal at a high school in Guelph, Ontario was reprimanded by the school board for the comments he made to the student body about dress and Crop Top Day went viral after a Toronto school suggested to a female student that perhaps her crop top was not appropriate for the classroom. Students and parents were quick to voice their disapproval for dress codes, some even going as far to threaten to sue for sexual discrimination.
There are supporters of dress codes and uniforms though. Andrea Mrozek, the executive director of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, believes that dress codes do not infringe on individuality and may even limit peer pressure and bullying. Some even believe that uniforms go as far as “raising the bar” for success. Central Peel Secondary School recently implemented a school uniform, and the former principal and parents all agree that issues surrounded dress were diminished and students more encouraged to bring their A-game.
It’s a heated topic among students, parents and administrators with each side feeling passionate about the issue. We want to know what you think so leave us a comment and make your voice heard.
Recent articles to get you thinking:
Are school dress codes sexist and oppressive? – Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail
School dress code protest giving uniforms new life – Aleksandra Sagan, CBC News
School dress codes are part of life – Christina Blizzard, The Toronto Sun
School dress codes have valid purpose, administrators say, as opposition grows louder – Douglas Quan, The National Post