Some folks are insulted by a dress code. Some folks couldn’t care less. I, for one, am not insulted by a reasonable dress code—the kind that protects me from seeing body parts that should only be viewed by a chosen few. I never taught for a principal or school district that enforced a formal dress code. If a staff member arrived at school in attire that was deemed unprofessional, the person was spoken to privately. News of what not to wear traveled quickly among the staff. And honestly, these occurrences were rare.
So why am I dabbling in dress code? Well, a recent Facebook post reminded me that today’s dress code includes more than clothing. The post referenced facial piercings and visible tattoos and whether having them will impact the hiring potential of aspiring teachers.
What would your response be?