The dress code
A lot of people look at the dress code requirements in our school and say that they are very lax. Maybe they are compared to other schools but maybe that laxness is what makes the dress code so hard to deal with. The rules are as follows: no tank tops, tube tops, and shirts must cover the whole shoulder. No crop tops and no shirts with brand names on them. Okay, so that’s easy enough to follow. No shorts, ever. Annoying, but still easy enough to follow. But what really gets me are the next few rules. Skirts must be just above the knee or longer, but no one ever really knows exactly what “just above the knee” really is. Capris are okay, and jeans may only be worn on Fridays. So yeah, that sounds simple to follow too. But think about it, when was the last time you walked into a store with reasonably priced clothing that had pants other than jeans that actually looked good and felt good? That’s the challenge, actually finding clothes that don’t break the dress code. Oh yes, and here’s the amusing part. Clothes cannot be ripped, torn, frayed, dirty, and they must fit. Well that’s quite funny because if we got jeans that weren’t ripped, torn, frayed, dirty, and fit, well then they’d be some pretty nice looking jeans. And if they were nice looking, then why couldn’t we wear them every day? Many teachers often tell me pretty much the exact same thing, which makes me wonder if they rehersed this, “Well we used to allow girls to wear jeans every day but they abused the rule and wore jeans that were ripped and frayed…” which just makes me want to pull out every pair of jean I have and every pair of jeans I know other people have and show that they are not ripped, torn, frayed and other synonyms of the such.
The entire dress code’s excuse for it’s existence is amusing too. “We want our girls to look nice and presentable.” Presentable to who? Visitors? Parents? And those people who come every five years to inspect our school? Well that makes sense, but then you have to tie this back to the honor code. If the students are so “trusted” in their intentions and what not, I think that they should trust us with something as simple as a dress code. Or not even a dress code at all, just for us to dress appropriately. I mean, we’re all girls, and as far as I’m aware, the overwhelming majority of us are heterosexual, so what’s the problem? Even at dances most of us don’t dress very “slutty” or “skanky.” The whole dress code represents the school’s insecurity in their own trust in their students. Which makes me insecure in my trust of the school. If they can’t trust two-hundred some girls to not dress like people do at the grammys, then why bother having an “honor code” at all?
This honor code can be quite amusing to watch too sometimes. The whole idea of judiciary is probably enough to prove what I’m getting at. First of all, you can wind up in detention from forgetting to “sign in” which is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. It’s easy to forget to sign in and the punishment is way to harsh. Maybe it’s just the school’s laziness to simply peer into a classroom and see if a missing student is there that causes such a harsh punishment. Okay, so hypothetical situation, you managed to get three detention points by forgetting to sign in alone. Now you’re outside of room twenty-two waiting for your turn to talk to judiciary about it. As soon as you walk in, you immediately get overwhelmed by this air of contempt but they try to mask it with “forgiveness” on their faces. And that only adds to the pressure of being in there. So you sit down in plain sight of some eight or nine people, teachers and students, staring at you. One of them finally goes, “Well it seems that you have forgotten to sign in a number of times.” And they all look at you again. You can feel the sweat trickling down the back of your neck. Their eyes never waver as you search for something to say. Anything, as long as they’ll let you go. “I’m sorry? It will never happen again…” you could say. Then they’ll give you some “suggestions” as to how you can remember to sign in. finally, it’s all over and you can leave. And this is just for forgetting to sign in. Seem fair?
The idea of judiciary was to help the students, yes. To be more understanding and give them a second chance, but the pressure is enough to split your head into two alone.
Pressure is another thing that seems to be a problem here. Everywhere you go there are students running around hysterical that they got an eighty-nine on a test. People will think that one bad grade will mean no Prinston for them. And all this pressure and stress seems to be either caused by competitiveness or just start it. Be the best… be the best… be the best… get that award… get that regognition… get that ten minutes of that attention that leaves you on cloud nine! Is that the incentive that we set here? Good work leads to attention? Good or bad? Well it’s always good to recognize people’s good work, but that also leads to competitiveness. It’s an endless circle of darwin’s theory. Only the strong survive. But how is it that the mighty can fall to a B+? How does that happen? These kids are going to die of stress when they’re thirty for crying out loud. Does this represent a girl’s natural yearning to be the best? To be on top? Who ever said that men were the competitive ones? It’s always about getting the best grade, and doing whatever you can to get there without having to cheat. “Do your best…” that’s all well and good. But what ever happened when the “do” changed to a “be” Be the best athlete, be the best student, be the best at this, and that. Be the leader, be in charge, multi task…. Whatever happened to “be yourself” you don’t have to be the perfect student to go to the perfect college. But that also seems to have disappeared into the competitive nature of women.
One also has to wonder if this school actually teaches to be over feministic.
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