stephanie jones

What are student teacher and teacher dress codes for – and what do they do?

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Please sign the petition and start critical discussions about dress codes for teachers

The Feminist-Scholar Activists group at the University of Georgia has called our attention to a tradition that perpetuates sexism, dysfunctional practices around the body, and positions teachers to expect to be submissive and compliant.

Here’s the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/the-university-of-georgia-stop-judging-our-clothing​

Does your university, college, or K-12 school have “dress codes” for student teachers or teachers? How do they differ for men and women? What message does that send to the 80+ percent of teachers who are women? Have we ever considered that forcing student teachers to “comply” with specific (archaic?) dress codes also prepares them for a career of accepting orders from others rather than cultivating a powerful voice of analysis, critique, and standing up for oneself, one another, students, and public schools?

As many around the country wonder why more teachers aren’t organizing and resisting the oppressive working conditions under which they are expected to be creative, responsive, thoughtful, and “effective” teachers – perhaps we need to reconsider how teachers are “oriented” into the world of education. A focus on compliance and assimilation rather than analysis, critique, and thoughtful resistance paves the way to having a workforce that is reluctant to stand up, even for themselves.

Here’s a great op-ed to start the discussion in your institution:

http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2014/12/22/dress-codes-for-female-teachers-their-clothing-seems-to-be-more-important-than-their-teaching-skills/

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