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New Hampshire Teachers Call Flip-Flop, Tank Top Ban ‘Condescending’

Debi34 Wrote: Dec 02, 2012 3:10 PM
As a conservative school teacher with 25 years experience teaching in the classroom I normally agree with Townhall's columnists on the state of education today. But, I must disagree with this one. While flip flops and tank tops are definitely inappropriate, jeans and sneakers are not. I've taught many grade levels from kindergarten to middle school. When I taught middle school, I dressed up in dresses and heels everyday. That was appropriate. Today I teach kindergarten. When I first moved to the young children I can't tell you how many outfits I ruined. Paint, mud, snotty noses, you name it, I wear it! Now I wear casual slacks and tennis shoes every day so I can worry about my students learning, not ruining my clothes!

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 that’s 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, “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.”

It’s derogatory to ask professionals to dress a...