This silly flap over Michelle Obama wearing shorts on her vacation brings up a question for me. A neighbor came home a few years ago from her public school upset over a new dress code that forbid her from wearing Teva sandals and casual slacks. She taught pre-k, and it was important for her to be able to get on the floor quickly. She also did a lot running and physical stuff with her class of 4-year-olds.
Her principal was seeking a “Dress for Success” effect, but she felt that his standards did not take into consideration what was appropriate in a classroom of young children.
I’ve even noticed on field days that teachers are far more formally dressed than the parent volunteers. I have very seldom seen teachers in shorts on the field, even when it was 85 degrees and humid. (Just the typical spring day in Atlanta.)
Another neighbor teaches at a private school, and she can wear almost anything to her school, as can the students. (Adding a short note here after having lunch with my sister-in-law who teaches at a private school in NC. She said younger teachers at her school liked to wear the popular fashions, much of which involved low-cut tops. While the empire dresses and tops were a hit with the young dads, the school felt they had to go. Do young kids even notice what their teachers wear or don’t wear? My sister-in-law said I’d be surprised at what age kids start paying attention.)
Are there still dress codes for faculty? Parents, do you care what teachers wear? (I don’t – whatever is comfortable works for me.)