Dress codes pre­pare stu­dents for real world

Times Colonist - - Comment -

Re: “School uni­forms — keep it sim­ple,” let­ter, Oct. 6.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the let­ter-writer for a won­der­fully bal­anced, sen­si­ble pro­posal in re­gard to the cur­rent (rather shrill) de­bate about school uni­forms.

All the dis­cus­sion about misog­yny, prej­u­dice against fe­males, rape cul­ture, etc., is, in my view, a fem­i­nist diver­sion from the real is­sue, which the writer clearly iden­ti­fies. Both boys and girls should wear rea­son­able at­tire (one does not want male stu­dents in jock straps any more than fe­male stu­dents in thongs).

Mak­ing stu­dents con­form to some rea­son­able cloth­ing stan­dards (which they have helped to de­fine — great idea), does in­deed help them in some small way to pre­pare for the real world beyond the class­room.

I hope the school board folks are lis­ten­ing. James Kyles Vic­to­ria

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