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'We Should Be Worrying About Their Grades - Not Their Clothing'

From a new school dress code policy to a state Senate race and the arrest of a couple, Patch account-holders share their take on the day's news.


East Haven

"We should be worrying about their grades - not their clothing. ...I attended EHHS in the 70's in bell bottoms and 4 inch platform shoes and somehow managed to graduate with honors..." is upset that the Board of Education's will include the high school.

Southbury

"Mr Himes, the pay for women is rising in China where your wall street friends sent our industries, thanks to your 'free trade'." offers his feedback on today's '' installment.

Hamden

"If they don't live in the neighborhood then move on son." That's take on a police report in which a in connection with shooting at two teens who were reportedly looking for a stick to fix their bike in the couple's yard.

Cheshire

"Suzio has been active and very visible. Bartolomeo has a lot of catching up to do." offers that advice to Bartolomeo, the to challenge Suzio, the incumbent.

Sean M May 25, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Robert, a dress code is different than uniforms, at least in my comments. Dress codes are PART of a pattern of success. Schools that have discipline and teach self-respect have better behaved and achieving students. You are correct that it starts at the home with the parents.
Will Wilkin May 25, 2012 at 03:42 PM
It seems common sense (and practice) that there at least be SOME level of dress code at school --shoes and shirt are required. And I agree with those who argue the standards should be even higher than that, though I did mourn the "no denim" and mandatory collars at Emmett O'Brien, I now look back on it as a great school and a good rule for such a school. I have talked with enough teachers about this (though not at Oxford) to believe it is true that some students do indeed change their clothes after last parental sight before school (especially girls), as there can be no other explanation for such underdressing. This conversation drifted to Oxford from an East Haven article. I'm curious if there are reasons that dress code requires revisiting here. I've never been in the hs during school hours but certainly Center and Great Oak seem to me to have a great (positive and respectful) climate with whatever standards are already in place.
Ruth May 25, 2012 at 04:27 PM
It is not a matter of the "older" generations not liking what the younger generations are wearing. It is a matter of dressing appropriately for where and what you are doing. As a baby boomer (older generation), we had strict dress codes applied in school, especially high school, and we were respectful of that. Also, there have been studies done indicating that the casual dress for business contributed to "casual" work ethics. They did research that indicated that workers were more productive when they dressed more "business" appropriate. That is why many companies have done away with casual dress except for perhaps once a week. Generation has nothing to do with any of this. My children (in their 30's) do not permit their children to wear short-shorts, mini's or low slung pants with underwear exposed, graphic T's etc. to school.
Dad in Oxford May 25, 2012 at 09:40 PM
My comments above were meant to say that I am in favor of a uniformity in school dress. Call it what you like, a dress code or a uniform, but a standard that applies to all students with no exceptions. Whether it affects their performance or not, it teaches that standards must be enforced, that rules must be followed, and that dressing nice, makes you feel and look better. Parents and children should not be scared of a uniform or dress code. Those standards are a part of everyday life. Who wears uniforms or has a dress code? Businesses where the dress code is business casual, mechanics, McDonalds workers, airline employees, Catholic schools, Doctors, Stop & Shop employees, etc...Uniforms or a Dress Code are normal! Uniforms (slacks and a collered shirt for boys and whatever the proper attire is for girls) also lessen the competition kids have with each other about their clothes and it lessens the amount of new and different clothes you have to buy every year, PLUS it will negate those early morning fights with your daughters about what they think they can wear to school. And before you complain about the cost, look at what you are spending your money on first. You have a computer (nice-to-have) to type your response, you probably have a cell phone (nice-to-have), you probably have satellite or cable tv (nice-to-have), you may smoke, these are all things you don't need. Clothes are more important! I am 1000% in favor of uniforms in the Oxford school system.
Sean M May 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I do not like the idea of uniforms. Setting a minimum standard of dress is appropriate. Forcing kids to wear the exact same thing is a little too much for me. The standard should apply to teachers and administrators also. I think we agree on the rest. I would encourage you to run for the BOE in Oxford to implement these policies.

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