I ran across this today in my Facebook timeline, posted by a friend and neighboring district’s teacher (Yvonne Mason). It is heartfelt and honest, and I loved it enough to share as she suggested. We live in the same geographic area, so see the same kinds of outfits on our students. While she is speaking from the perspective of her classroom, most of her thoughts fit the library context as well.
Her directive was as follows: DO please share if you follow me and have a high school age child.
- Please do not whine about the dress code. It’s in place to keep you from being embarrassed ten years from now when you see pictures of yourself.
- Boys, the current tank top fad is not appropriate for my classroom. Dress like you are serious about school. Plus, seriously?
- Girls, before you wear a skirt or dress in my room, please get a chair and sit in front of a full-length mirror. You’re now seeing what *I* see as you sit in my class.
- If any bit of underwear is showing on ANYONE, rethink your choice. I do not need to know that you have on a black bra or plaid boxers. I would not put you in the position of having to know that about me.
- Unless you are in fact attending a class during which you will be called upon to perform anything athletic, there is no reason to wear clothing designed to be worn during athletic activities. Just so you know, you will not EVER be called upon to demonstrate yoga, basketball, or any other sport or exercise in AP Language and Composition.
- Gentlemen, I don’t care if you *did* buy a sticker so that you can wear hats/caps inside. You may not wear them during the time you are in my class.
- School IS your job right now. Dress like it.
I applaud this, though I’m not sure I would make school “hat days” forbidden in the library. I totally get the classroom view of this though.
I would like to add another bullet of my own:
- The room temperature is not controlled onsite. Knowing that, it might be a good idea to have a jacket or hoodie to slip on or off when you feel the need. Complaining to me will not get it adjusted. Did you notice I wear a jacket in the library almost daily? That’s because it is cold in here to me all the time.
So no, I certainly wouldn’t post this in our library, as I like for our “library expectations” to be posted as positive statements. But her letter does resonate a lot of truths. What would you add to this list? How would you say these same things?