School shouldn't be about fashions
I have been following the recent happenings concerning the Hartselle City Schools uniform dress code and have become increasingly alarmed at the response it is being given.
When I was in school, we were not allowed the liberties to wear the articles of clothing that students are now being allowed to wear.
At that time, if the teacher or school administration felt that your apparel was not acceptable, you called home for clothing deemed more appropriate.
Shorts at school were non-existent, with the exception of physical education class, and mini-skirts were unheard of.
It amazes me that 16 years can make such a huge difference. It seems that parents and children alike no longer care how the children look when they leave home or what type of impression it may make on someone.
As the parent of a teenager and a younger child, I feel that a uniform dress code is absolutely the way to go.
People work more efficiently, with more teamwork, when they are not competing against each other.
I wish the county school system would adopt a uniform dress code for all of their students.
And, before you ask, yes my children know my thoughts on this matter.
They know that I would welcome and support a dress code for their school, just like I would support members of the Hartselle City School Board, if my children still attended Hartselle.
I do not find anything "cool" or "in" with stomach baring shirts, mini-skirts that barely cover the rear end, pajama bottoms worn as pants, or pants that hang down to show off the boxers and/or panties underneath.
I find it very disrespectful as a member of the community to go out in public and be faced with this type of clothing every day.
I also feel that the administrative staff and teachers should be dressed in the same manner as the students. They are the role models while our children are at school and should be willing to set a good example for them.
There are teachers in the school systems that are dressing themselves no more appropriately than the children they teach.
Our schools are for learning, not for a fashion show.
Students made all proud
I would like to take the time to commend the students of Hartselle High School on the way they conducted themselves at the meeting at the Board of Education concerning the uniform proposal.
The way they handled their arguments and concerns were very impressive.
The reflection they made as a student body should speak loudly as to the caliber of students we have as a community. I am very proud to be a part of a school system where the students represent themselves so well. Uniforms cannot and will not make our student body any better than what I saw at that meeting.
Thank you again, Blake, Andrew, Justin, Meagan, Christin and all the other students whose name I missed for a job well done.