The news cases of recent days, with the conflict between students and school managers at the center about the most suitable clothing to wear at school, are just the tip of the iceberg of a very frequent phenomenon in our institutes: the issue of circulars that impose a dress code “appropriate” to the school environment, despite the typical heat of the last weeks of class. It proves it a survey by Skuola.net on 1,500 middle and high school pupils. Overall, in fact, at least more than half of the girls and boys have to submit to some form of “ban” on the part of the school on summer clothing.
With regard to shorts, miniskirts, bermuda shorts and shorts, the “stop” to the legs in plain sight invests as much as 60%. The institutes, on the other hand, are slightly more lenient in this regard tops, tank tops and all those garments that leave the upper part of the body uncovered, although this category is also “forbidden” for 1 in 2. However, even the feet too exposed are not tolerated between the benches: almost 70% of the students could not wear leisure footwear at all.
There are those who find themselves in defiance of the prohibitions
The conditional is a must. Because, then, there is someone who deliberately breaks the rules. As for shoulders, stomach and back, about 1 in 5 discovers them regardless of circulars and prescriptions. More than 1 in 10 break the rules on shorts and skirts, showing up in class as they see fit. Far fewer (6%) risk sandals, flip flops or beach slippers. To these, moreover, must be added those who fortunately for them are free from rules: 15% calmly show their legs in class precisely because nothing prevents them; 29% for the same reason calmly wear tops and tank tops, 4% often and willingly keep their lower extremities in beachwear.
Professors don’t always set a good example
An eternal struggle, the one that concerns the more or less adequate clothing to keep inside school (but also outside), which for generations has seen young people and adults opposing each other. But he often sees bad examples in the latter. If, in fact, students are asked if the professors, thanks to the high temperatures, go to school dressed excessively “skimpy”, almost half (47%) answered affirmatively: 28% say that only a few teachers show up with clothes that show a little too much, 19% point the finger at the majority of teachers.
The fact remains that the imposition of an appropriate dress code at school is something indigestible for students. But not so sharply: only 13% are absolutely against it. Many more (35%), while taking sides against the prohibitions, ask their comrades to “collaborate” to avoid sanctions and interventions from above. While 40% agree with a minimum of regulation but, at the same time, would like there to be some flexibility on the part of teachers and school managers, especially when it is very hot. And there are also those who, in contrast to the trend, consider it sacrosanct that the school places restrictions: this is what 12% of the students interviewed think..
“The stories of the last few days are striking, where students are pitted against teachers and school leaders in the name of clothing freedom and survival of the recent, practically summer heatwave. But this is not the case everywhere: there are also institutes that have not imposed any dress code and students who, although they could, have not reduced the area covered by clothes. School belongs to everyone and, perhaps, virtue lies in the middle: it is right to expect a minimum of composure but leaving everyone the opportunity to express themselves, even in clothing, especially at an age in which this is a value considered fundamental “comments Daniele Grassucci, director of Skuola.net
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