Skip to comments.New Hampshire Teachers Call Flip-Flop, Tank Top Ban ‘Condescending’
Posted on 12/02/2012 7:39:18 AM PST by Kaslin
Just how far has the culture in government schools devolved?
School district efforts to professionalize staff is now considered an affront to teachers.
At least thats the attitude emanating from teachers in the Hampton, New Hampshire SAU 90 school district.
The school board is considering an update to its dress-code policy for teachers, and, according to Seacoastonline.com, several teachers are insulted such a policy exists, telling them blue jeans, sneakers, flip-flops and tank tops are off limits.
Superintendent Kathleen Murphy said staff members feel the proposed policy is derogatory and condescending.
Its derogatory to ask professionals to dress a little more professionally that the young children in their charge?
Thank goodness several school board members are rejecting this protest as an affront to their authority. Citizens elect the board to run the schools and make the rules. Nobody elected the union to run anything.
Who backs up management? board member Ginny Bridle-Russell asked. What happens if they go to a teacher and say, I don't feel that dress is appropriate, it's too short, and the teacher (responds by saying), Says who?
Board Chairwoman Charlotte Ring said dress codes must be standardized in districts like Hampton that have more than one school.
I wouldn't mind going without a policy if we had one building principal and one school, Ring said. But we have three schools and three building principals, and what may be acceptable in one school might not be in another.
The fact that any school board has to navigate a controversy over the employee dress code illustrates the alarming amount of power teachers unions have grabbed over time.
The unions use that same power to block changes that really matter to students, like new evaluations that increase teacher accountability and improve instruction.
The proposed dress policy in Hampton is on hold for now and the superintendent is planning to report back to the school board in January with more information, according to the news report.
In the meantime, teachers will continue to be free to dress like theyre on the seashore instead of a classroom.
I was livid when our first grade teacher dressed like a sexpot, wearing shorts, low cut tees and sandals. It was sickening. Another teacher dressed very well, hose, heels, blazer had put make up on and done her hair with hair spray. She had a better behaved class too
Those teachers are just broadcasting that they don’t take education seriously. And they’re to dumb to realize it.
It is condescending. If the teachers were adults, they wouldn’t need to be told how to dress.
>>What happens if they go to a teacher and say, I don’t feel that dress is appropriate, it’s too short, and the teacher (responds by saying), Says who?<<
I volunteer to be the judge of that!
Maybe the men teachers should start wearing speedos that will shut the women up.
I teach in a Texas district that has a pretty strict dress code for students and teachers alike. Only two years ago were men allowed to grow facial hair. When I go to conferences that include teachers from other districts, it always amazes me at the way many of them dress like floozies.
They weren’t disciplined as children, so you shouldn’t be surprised by this behavior from ‘adults’. Many are like this in New England...adults that act like five year-olds are quite common.
Down here in the non-union teaching states, our STUDENTS are not allowed to wear tank-tops.
This is just one more indication of how far NH has fallen from its once great, conservative positions.
Our local high school, located in a VERY up-scale town just outside of Manchester, during a Parent information night - we had a relatively new teacher state that her theory of teaching was that she had ‘as much if not more to learn from her students than she had to teach them’ and ran her classroom accordingly. I couldn’t understand why she was getting paid let alone given a graduate degree in education if that was even remotely true. BTW, she’s still ‘teaching’.
...so are the students getting any 'kickbacks'? It seems that they would be owed something.
I remember a student teacher (local college student) at my High School telling us how he’d been reprimanded that morning for not wearing a tie and how it was a mistake that he wouldn’t repeat.
I learned quickly that the more professional and ladylike I looked, the better my kids behaved for me.
The only teachers who didn't wear ties at my high school were the shop teachers. :-)
Tank tops were popular and allowed when I was in HS. However, after standing in the hall by my friend who was wrestling and football MVP and would set three weight lifting records I never wore one again.
Anytime flip-flops are banned, it’s a good thing.
The most hilarious thing about this is that many of these teachers will tell you I’m not qualified to educate my children at home, because they are trained “professionals” and I’m just some yahoo.
If her philosophy is true, she should be forced to come to a classroom with 30 other adults for 6-8 hours a day and receive no pay while a 15 year old is paid well above the median wage with fantastic benefits to stand at the front of the room and educate her.
I’m sure that plan will go over well.