Dress code enforced for a better education

The dress code has been a big issue at Har-Ber for years. Students don’t think that dress code is necessary, but it is a way of life.

You will have a dress code everywhere you go. Whether it’s your job or Walmart, you still have to dress a certain way. Same with school, you have to dress in a way that is conducive to a learning environment.

Our dress code at Har-Ber is pretty lenient and reasonable. In my opinion, the actual dress code is not the problem, it’s how it’s enforced and the fairness of it. The dress code is and will always be more biased towards girls especially as trends start to become more and more prominent.

At the moment the current trend is really short shorts, short skirts and crop tops. The problem with enforcement is how it’s carried out. Petite girls or the girls with smaller frames get away with having a butt cheek out while a thicker or more defined and curvy girl who has on shorts that are long enough but are hugging her curves, she gets dress coded.

This is what takes dress code to a whole new level for me. It makes it seem we are coming to school to be looked at not to learn. When I wear shorts, I’m not coming to school to be looked at. I’m coming for an education and just decided to wear shorts.

Not all teachers enforce the dress code this way. It is a challenge when trying to be fair but also consistent since people come in all different sizes. So I understand that it’s hard to gauge whether a pair of shorts or a top is appropriate on one girl and not another.

Some girls that are shorter can get away with it just barely covering their stomachs unlike the taller girls who are instantly spotted because of their height.

I think that it’s up to us as students to stop wearing things that would be dress coded. We know by now what’s okay to wear and what’s not. We know what’s a little risky and what’s out right a heck no. When we make dress code a problem, we are taking away from the point of being at school in the first place. We should come to school to learn, not to make statements with dress or to get attention from anyone.