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Editorial: Dress code

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Cape Girardeau School District will embark on a new dress code this year, in hopes of creating a more learning-friendly environment in the classroom.

The issue of the dress code has been hotly debated in this community, with many people making arguments against it. Many supported the move, saying the code will make it easier on students and parents to choose clothing for school every day. And that the code will mean fewer distractions during learning time.

The district worked its way through a very public process, made some concessions and will begin enforcing it when school starts.

Last week, the district had something of a practice run at orientation sessions at the high school. Students were asked to wear clothing that adheres to the code so advice could be given on a one-on-one basis. About half of the students who attended appeared to be in total compliance, wearing a collared, solid color shirt with khakis or plain jeans, tucked in with a belt. Some wore school T-shirts, which are allowed by the code, but wore torn jeans and flip-flops, which are not. The school district also had a fashion show for freshman orientation last week. There was a huge emphasis on the dress code during orientations all week long.

Regardless of how you feel about the dress code, the district is going out of its way to make sure families and students understand what the new rules are.

There will be a learning curve on the dress code enforcement by school officials and students, as students try to test the limits of the code and as the teachers and administrators try to make it fair for everyone. Here's hoping for patience and cooperation when the doors open Thursday.

A copy of the dress code can be found at www.semissourian.com.

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The main point has been missed. Parents and teachers are unable to teach students something as simple as properly dressing themselves. You would think the liberals would be happy to have someone telling them how to do something they are unable to do for themselves. Yes, it is that simple.

-- Posted by ccmsolutions on Mon, Aug 13, 2012, at 8:41 AM

It's impossible to teach some people anything, for it's only people who realize they don't know everything there is to know and are willing to listen, learn, and improve themselves and the world around them for others as well. Tunnel-vision, cloudy foresight, and the inability to listen are trademarks of the up-tight right. Teachers are being held hostage by the parents and administration because if they don't please them all, then their jobs are in jeopardy, and this doesn't have to do with how well they teach; it has to do with keeping everybody happy so they can keep their jobs. Spend a day in a teacher's life, CCM.

-- Posted by LiberalDemocrat on Mon, Aug 13, 2012, at 9:31 AM

Really progressive places like Cuba and China enforce strict dress codes, guess Cape is copying off them. Make them all wear Army green, like those countries do.

-- Posted by FOXTROT007 on Mon, Aug 13, 2012, at 6:27 PM

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