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School administrators' dress code

Last Monday the Wichita Board of Education adopted dress code guidelines for administrators in the schools, which includes principals but not teachers. These are only guidelines … expressing that blue jeans, cargo pants, T-shirts, tank tops, tennis shoes, flip-flops, cleavage, ‘visible undergarments’, and piercings are not appropriate.
Of course, in my day we had dress codes for students … which included hair and skirts that were not too long. When I was a student at Hadley Junior High and Wichita West, the principals wore jackets and ties every day … as did many of the teachers. A history teacher at West was fond of tweeds and conservative ties. He was one of the best-dressed men I knew.
On game days, athletes also wore jackets and ties. It was supposed to make us feel professional, special.
I think it’s an educator’s duty to impart more than information and knowledge to students. Educators need to set good examples … in comportment, attitude, dress, and grooming.
Our thought for today is from Mark Twain:
“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”

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12/19/2011 12:59AM
School administrators' dress code
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