Changing times? Not that you’d notice!

Feb 9, 2022 | 0 comments

“Back in the day” some folks would call it, although it doesn’t seem all that long ago to me.  And the subject was oh so current.  It boiled down to “You can’t tell me what to wear… ” and “I have the right to…”

The subject at hand:  a clipping I ran across from Ilwaco High School’s Golden I dated October 6, 1993.  The article was written by Nora Rhoades.  Brigid Stucki was the newspaper adviser.

The new no hat rule states that no hats can be worn in the main building at all.  Although after school and at all games in the gym, they may be worn.
The reason students can wear them in the gym and at games is because they are required to go to school and not to games, also staff is dealing with the public; according to vice-principal Glenn Johnson.  The people responsible for this decision are the staff and administration.
“I don’t think so,” said Johnson about ever changing the no hat rule.
It’s not a punishment, according to Johnson,  The reasons for the new rule are as follow:  It is respectful to take your hat off in a building, and it was a classroom disruption because kids would hide other students’ hats or throw them.
Students have opinions on the new hat rule.
James Hennington, a sophomore said, “I do not like the no hat rule  It’s not necessary.”
“Don’t we have a right to wear what we want?” said Stacey Beasley, a senior.

It was around that period of time that teachers at Long Beach Elementary were discussing the pros and cons of requiring school uniforms.  Among the pros:

  • School uniforms create a level playing field among students, reducing peer pressure and bullying.
  • Wearing uniforms enhances school pride, unity, and community spirit.
  • Uniform policies save valuable class time because they are easier to enforce than a standard dress code.
  • School uniforms prevent the display of gang colors and insignia.

There actually weren’t many cons until the faculty felt it would only be “fair” if the adults in the school also wore the school uniform.  In the end, it was one of the teachers who had spent years amassing a wardrobe especially appropriate to the age group she taught and she did was unwilling to give it up.  (I don’t quite remember how the “level playing field” argument among the adults was handled.)

Obviously, it’s a problem we have yet to solve.  Even if health is the issue and masks are the requirement, we cannot agree.  Perhaps, whether the catalyst is hats or uniforms or masks, the basic question should be: is the welfare of the individual more important than that of the group?  And, if so, when?


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