Saturday, December 11, 2010

Correct teacher attire

Someone I know on facebook keeps posting about how her children's teacher are dressed inappropriately.  Then her friends post about how horrible teachers dress and how they should wear dressier clothes.  I suggested they wear scrubs as that would fit the job more and the parents might be happy with a uniform, however that was struck down with rudeness and anger and chiding.  One of the comments that keeps getting made is that the students have to stick to a uniform code and the teachers should have the same code.  I was going to rebutt this on her post, however one of the parents just keeps saying "you knew what you signed up for when you signed up for the job"- um, no- I didn't know I signed up to deal with bitchy judgmental parents who care more about my fashion sense than my hard work and creativity.

The children are required as a uniform to wear sleeved shirts, longer shorts or skirts, and closed shoes.  This is for their safety. If they are running around or playing PE, all three of these things keep them covered and safe.  Bending over for PE in short shorts and spaghetti strapped shirts are a bad choice.  Running in sandals is just asking for a stubbed toe.  The teacher's uniform is less settled.  I don't think they have set rules because they are grown ups and hopefully can appropriate attire.  Some days work is dirty and laborous and appropriate attire might be sweats or jeans.  Some days cooking or painting might be involved and those clothes can get stained.  Some days the classroom is boiling and the teacher is standing all day (I rarely sit down, even at lunch) and sandals are the best choice.  It is rare in the lower grades that a teacher should wear a pencil skirted suit and heels.  These clothes, though shown in old Doris Day movies, are harder to be a diligent and communicative teacher in.  I kneel, squat, and sit crisscross applesauce in all the grades.

I suggested scrubs to shut the bitchy woman up.  Even scrubs didn't make her happy.  Apparently looks are more important to her than an involved teacher.  She just kept saying her stupid "You knew what you signed up for" quote- what the eff? Yes, I so want to cuss about that idiotic comment.  I am so glad she is a friend of someone I know- not my friend.  I am so glad I do not have to deal with her as a parent of one of my kids.  The parents I come into contact with are also very involved and will get messy with the kids.  They understand that my jeans, sweater, and ballet flats are very appropriate.  They understand if I have a big stain on my shirt it is because I was involved with a lesson and was actually working.  They see my dirty kness and know I knelt down to talk to a child who needed to see me at eye level.

I'll make one more comment to bitchy mom on facebook.  Then I'll shut up.  No matter what i say she is never going to see it from any point of view of her own.  I conceded to some of her comments ( i think flipflops and spaghetti strapped shirts should not be worn by a teacher- nor tube tops, short skirts, or very tall heels- but I don't judge those teachers, they could be awesome)~ but I know that shallow people can never concede to a messy sloopy fashionless teacher like me.

8 comments:

Pallas Renatus said...

One of the big disillusionments I've had this year is just how many adults actively refuse critical thought, and have attitudes worse than their children.

I imagine your parent keeps repeating her stupid line because she's latched onto it and really isn't capable of pushing herself out of her hole and examining why she thinks what she does.

People like this deserve compassion; not only because they're fucking idiots, but because they're most likely going to be that way for a long, long time.

Cheers for active teachers, though. I'd totally want my kid in your class.

Witchy Godmother said...

I got asked once (on a bitchy day) what percentage of parents do I think are good parents. I snapped and said 85% are lousy parents 5% are downright awful parents and I am saying that the last 10% are getting the benefit of the doubt from me because I truly hope there are some good parents out there. Good news is that all those children that were spoon-fed and never expected to work things out or take responsiblity are going to BE the teachers and office admins. and I wonder how things will go then. And no, there is no way that anyone could possibly know what they were getting into when they started teaching, just think of - how about lice checking. Bet that wasn't covered or what to do if a student craps in his or her pants or if a student won't sit down. That's not covered either. You have all my admiration because teaching is beyond what every parent could possibly dream of. Hugs and sparkles and I am sorry for the rant but I know exactly what you are saying. - WG

her mom said...

I see nothing wrong with jeans, especially for teachers of the younger grades. I would have a problem with very short skirts or low cut tops - things that reveal a bit too much anatomy for one who is in what should be a position of authority and respect. It really doesn't matter, because there will always be critics. So easy to judge from outside you know.

Miss Sugar said...

I agree with you about the scrubs! Sounds practical to me!

Mara said...

So how does she feel about male teachers and their attire (or aren't there any? Male teachers I mean.)

In the Netherlands we don't have a dress code for children: they can wear what they like, although a four-year old wearing three inch heels will not be accepted. I think...

Lyn said...

Kids wear uniform here and the teachers all seem to have a 'smart' dress protocol.

I remember teachers when I was at school who had their own interpretation on the dress codes - these were always the fun teachers who didn't teach cookie cutter style either. I wish my kids had more teachers like this.

LisaF said...

Judge a teacher on her/his merits? What a concept. I'd like to think most teachers err on the side of common sense when it comes to attire, but anymore I'm not sure common sense is a given for anyone. Kudos to you for putting creative learning first.

Dark Mother said...

Sounds like you've got yourself a Mrs. MiserableCrankyStein. Also known as the Goddess of Discord. There's one in every crowd and the key to enlightenment is not strangling them with your bare hands. Good luck with that one : )