To The Daily Sun,
This is the 26th of my letters and like the last few, I will not be writing about what is happening in Concord. The legislative year is just starting. New bills will be submitted in September and the few bills that were retained last session by committees will be reviewed by sub committees. I’ll report on those in the future. I am thinking about a bill but I am hesitant because I think the Legislature introduces too many and this causes confusion and unintended consequences. We can’t have done our job so poorly that we need a 1,000 bills per sessions to correct the nearly 1,000 bills introduced last year!
I want to talk about something that has bothered me for quite a while and was brought to my attention again when I visited the schools in Franklin with Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut. The issue is the dress code, or lack of, that I saw on most of the teachers and staff. I have a relative who was an administrator in a large out-of-state school district. He managed several millions of dollars of financial affairs and told his staff to put on a tie and coat and dress appropriately because the people have the right to expect you to look like you care and are competent. In other words, educators are professionals and should reflect this in the way they dress. Many of our teachers and staff do not and then wonder why the students don’t show respect. They might also convince the city that they are worth more.
I know I will get push back, but a dress code should prohibit jeans, see-through clothing, torn clothing, short or very tight-fitting clothing, sweat suits, shorts, hats, with exception of religious headwear, thongs (flip flops), and sneakers or athletic shoes except for gym teachers. Women should wear skirts, culottes, or slacks with blouses or sweaters, or dresses or suits. As for men, suits or sport jackets with ties are the standard, but not required. Men should wear slacks and collared shirts, although turtlenecks and sweaters can be substituted. Now this is not a hard or an overly rigorous set of rules for a college-educated professional.
If educators want their students, parents and community to respect and take their offerings seriously, then they should take personal pride in how they present themselves. People react to what they see. Like it or not how one dresses radiates a strong message to those around them.
Come on teachers and staff! Act like you are proud to teach, that you expect respect and that there is important work to be accomplished. The students will notice and so will the citizens of Franklin.
Representative for Franklin & Hill
- Written by Edward Engler
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