Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What Is Proper Teacher Attire?

While watching the news over the last few days, I've seen a number of city classroom scenes and was impressed at how professionally dressed most of the employees appeared to be. In fact, the men I spotted were wearing nice shirts with neckties. Most of the women were wearing dresses or professional looking blouses with trousers, or pantsuits. One young teacher stood out though. Her brilliant green t-shirt emblazoned with a bank name & logo caused me to think she was a teen in an elementary classroom. She reminded me of what I see far too often in Greece: teachers under-dressed for the job.

How can you expect your students to respect you as an authority figure, if you don't dress the part? If you look like a student, you might be treated like a student by those you are charged with teaching. Worse yet, parents will likely respond differently than you would like.

Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, sweats, camouflage or torn anything, bare shoulders, halter tops, exposed midriffs and spaghetti straps should be banned from district employee wardrobes.


Anonymous said...

You hit a sore spot Scats. Crickets are chirping.

Anonymous said...

Nothing has been posted lately at all on any of the threads....what gives?

Charlie Hubbard said...

You make an excellent point Scats - it's called class.
Lets not forget uniforms for the students. Lots of data to show dress code upgrades make a positive difference.
Unfortunately 'leadership' would be needed.

Anonymous said...

AMEN Scats! In the last 20 years I have witnessed the wardrobes of Greece teachers go from professional to the gutter. You cannot expect the students to dress appropriately if the adults in our schools do not.

While I can understand an elementary art teacher wearing more casual clothing, I do not expect so called "professionals" to be wearing the Kim Kardashian 7 inch heels and skirts up the wazoo. Cleavage hanging out of blouses, sloppy, way too long pants with dirty sandles and unkept toenails. The list goes on and on.

Oh and let's not forget the cute union tee shirts they have been wearing for 20 yrs because they claim they don't have a better union contract!

The current and previous superintendents have no balls or boobs to stand up and say enough! Likewise for our school board.

I can't wait for the union flunkies to respond trying to justify their unprofessional attire!

SCATS said...

To 5:44PM ~~ Not sure, but various posts are definitely being read daily. Maybe my critics have run out of ammo ;)

To Charlie Hubbard ~~ I'm not sure half of them can even spell "class" let alone demonstrate it.

To 5:53PM ~~ The current Supt. certainly doesn't win any prizes for the way she dresses either! Half the time, it appears she is trying to emulate the high school girls! And then there's that hair ...

Anonymous said...

...The ENTIRE Greece COMMUNITY is in the gutter. Continue to redirect SCATS.....Continue to do NOTHING to solve the problems... Using a keyboard does VERY little..... I challenge you to try and do something constructive for the community of Greece. (and I know you will have some response...aka [excuse....])

SCATS said...

To 7:08PM ~~ You have NO IDEA what I have done, aside from this BLOG. The list is fairly long, but we're not here to discuss me or my private life.

Also, you have NO IDEA how many find my use of the keyboard (and advice) helpful.


Regarding redirecting, which you need, the topic of this thread is TEACHER ATTIRE ;)

Anonymous said...

Teachers do need to dress more professionally. It is bad enough that we have to look at students walking around with their butts hanging out of their pants, but to not be able to tell a teacher from a student is just as bad. Either situation I find VERY OFFENSIVE!!!

Anonymous said...


You indicate that there is "lots of data" that shows with a "dress code upgrade" it makes a "positive difference>"

Please direct me to only one educational study where the only difference between the two study groups was a dress code upgrade and that produced a positive difference.

Please define your "positive difference"



Anonymous said...

Charlie might be referencing a dress code and uniforms for students. Many charter schools and private schools and some public schools have instituted dress codes or uniforms for students. These school show higher standards and outcomes than some of their cohorts. Maybe it was due to the uniforms or the attitude of the administration and staff. Sometimes when the staff has a higher expectation for the student body, the results are improved. When students have attire choice required by the school, they are left to just learn without the added distraction of "keeping up with-ism". They don't have to worry about being bullied for their own clothes choices. In the long run uniform and a simpler dress code can be a relief and cost less. I'm sure that if you do a search you could find some examples. And Doug,this is a blog where we all can share. I don't think we need to provide prime references to have an opinion.

SCATS said...

To 9:14AM ~~ Re: "Sometimes when the staff has a higher expectation for the student body, the results are improved."

Only sometimes? I have often thought that a large part of the problem in Greece is the lack of a "can do" attitude by staff towards students. Instead of hearing teachers talk about ways to overcome obstacles, there is a whole lot of moaning & groaning about poverty, tuned-out parents, students who don't care, an non-supportive community ... and the end result is a self-fufilling prophecy demonstrated by drop-out rates, low test scores and fewer graduations.

Anonymous said...

As an old fart I'll say the American Standard Kid hasn't changed a whole lot since 1955 when I was in School.

Kids are born with a need to get away with whatever they can, and kids will follow that path for the most part as long as the cost/benefit numbers work out in the kid's favor.

Truth is many teachers back in the 50s were getting away with plenty of not doing the job too, none I ever had got a class all the way to the end of any textbook.

I was around and looking when the teachers got a Union in the late 60s, and I've watched as the Union has fought to lower standards and expectations from the beginning.

Where we are today is no surprise!

Name me any industry or service business where the success rate is as low as Public Education. I haven't found one outside of government that lasted more than a year.

It can't be blamed on parenting in 2013, the Parents and in some situations, grandparents were "educated" by Union teachers who didn't give a damn, because they had Tenure and the Union to back them up.

The fellow who headed the NY Teachers Union in the 70s became famous when he said "When kids pay Union dues the teacher's Union will get concerned about educating kids.".

Expectation of anything beyond pathetic from Union teachers is a fool's paradise.

Charlie Hubbard said...

9:14 thank you - you laid it out better than I ever did - very well done.
Doug: sorry, that stuff is long gone - it's been 6-7 years. Lack of leadership prevented uniforms from being tried. Sad
11:17 Scats - excuse making results from the lack of accountability - yes worthless, do/nothing, give/away contracts.