A Dated Dress Code

By Jaren Gisner

Spaghetti straps, crop tops, torn shirts, and wearing your pants below your butt. Controversial, constantly argued, and always causing drama at schools, what is this? The dress code. Whether you dress in short shorts, jeans, crop tops, or tall tees, wear a winter coat all year long, or just wrap yourself in a blanket and walk out your door to go to school, there is, and always will be a fool proof way that you can break the dress code. Aside from the obvious fact that the dress code is there to prevent “inappropriate dress”, you may ask what, and who exactly defines what is okay for us to wear in school. Our administration defines the way we should dress at school. A topic highly disputed considering that this high school is here for the students education, but the rules for what distracts students is set by the administration. Yes, the administration has been here for years, and seen many, many people pass through this school, but standards change, fashion changes, and what kids are wearing changes almost every single year. It is hard to keep a dress code up to date for students when the students are constantly changing what they wear. Distraction from class is something that happens no matter what, our 15-18 year old heads get distracted, it is just a fact of life. You can boil it down to a lot of things that can distract us. But, stated well by Jason Coffee, a senior, “A girl’s way of dressing has never effected my learning.”

So, obviously we know that the dress code is ultimately a debate, students versus the teachers and administration. “We should be able to wear what we want” says senior Alejandra Herrera. But, we are controlled in what we wear, on the grounds that it distracts us from our learning. So is this restricting set of rules for us to follow about our clothes necessary? “It is necessary to some extent,” said senior Brenna Graves, “I agree that it shouldn’t have profanity, it shouldn’t promote sex drugs or violence, but the dress code caters more to guys, and girls get the bad end.” “They say it distracts us from our learning but I was asked to go home because I didn’t have a jacket, and was pulled out of class for 40 minutes for having spaghetti straps, that is distracting from our learning.”

On the other side of the octagon is the administration, with opinions of their own, and rules built around those opinions on creating a learning environment. “We want to create a learning environment where students won’t be distracted,” said Mr. McKlaskey. Fruita Monument is a great school. We have high percentages of graduation, have some of the best test scores in the valley, have sports teams that compete with much larger schools, and we have bright and successful students. Surely, some may argue that comes from the rules of the school, but ultimately it comes from the character of the students here. “90% of students dress fine” Mr. McKlaskey stated, “We want students to have their personal freedoms.”

At the end of the day the rules are the rules, although rules can always be changed. The future of the dress code is still yet to be seen because it is constantly being debated and argued about. We can influence change as students, so as the years go by I’m confident many changes will happen to the dress code. For those unhappy about it, try to change it, for those who like it, try to keep it, all that we can know for sure is that it will surely change as the battle between student and administrator rages on.

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