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

lfox368806 Wrote: Dec 02, 2012 12:57 PM
Oh, come on! A Thong? That is ridiculous - there is a clear difference between how professionals dress for work, and how the average person dresses. Professionals do NOT flaunt themselves in revealing clothing. They dress on the formal side. Furthermore, a teacher in body-revealing clothing is laying (entendre intended) themselves open for a sexual harassment suit by co-workers and students. In any hierarchy, there needs to be a division, which generally is marked by clothing/uniform differences, between the officers and the troops. In a sense, in a school, the kids are "the troops" - those that take orders, and follow the teacher's direction.

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...