(Natural News) Parents of a Texas school district are not happy with the imposition of a new dress code that is super restrictive and that reminds them of the kind of forced conformity of schools in socialist and authoritarian countries.
The independent school district that is located in a suburb of Dallas recently banned dresses, sleeveless tops, and all denim, according to Breitbart News.
Forney Independent School District, which includes 18 elementary, middle- and high schools east of Dallas announced the updated dress code ahead of the Independence Day weekend. The rules apply to all of the district’s roughly 14,000 students.
According to the Forney ISD:
The Forney Independent School District has a student dress code policy for all grades and all campuses. The dress code gives the district a positive and distinctive identity and reflects the values of the schools and community. All students are required to wear the appropriate dress each day except for those days designated as non-dress code days at the discretion of the school administrators.
The use of a school dress code is established to improve student self-esteem, bridge socio-economic differences among students, and promote positive behavior, thereby enhancing school safety and improving the learning environment.
The district went on to say that if a student violated the new dress code they would be given a chance to correct the issue while still on-campus.
“If not corrected, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day, until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school,” the document read.
The district claims that the dress code is meant to downplay or eliminate socioeconomic status differences among students. Also, some schools reportedly saw better attendance records when their students wore uniforms to class, according to Future of Working.
“The average absence rate for students in middle or high school falls by about 7% after uniforms or a specific school dress code becomes enforced,” the website read.
“There might still be some behavioral issues that teachers and administrators must handle each day, but the problems shift toward concerns with less severity. The benefits of this advantage can include a lower suspension rate and a higher graduation percentage,” the site noted further.
The rules banning students from wearing a host of clothing items while limiting dresses and skirts to a select number of elementary students is now irking parents and students alike, the Independent reports.
According to Forney, the dress code – which numbers “hoodies” and other so-called fashionable clothes on the banned list – would ensure “socio-economic differences among students” were lessened.
But parents, as well as the mayor of Forney, James Traylor, were not pleased, telling the school board and meeting attendees that any code excluding skirts and dresses unfairly impacted girls.
“I think it’s putting a huge limit on kids and children in this district to express themselves,” parent Christian Reed reportedly said during the meeting. She added that it would be especially difficult for low-income families to now be forced to source a new wardrobe for their children.
”You know, we have to buy a set of clothes for school and then a set for everyday life. Most school districts aren’t doing this,” she continued.
The Daily Mail reported that Brooklynn Hollaman, a 10th-grade student, addressed the board meeting wearing a smart dress that would be banned under the new dress code.
“I don’t agree with it,” Hollaman said. “Hopefully, they’ll change their mind, a lot of people are on my side right now. I think the dress code is unfair, and I’m wearing this dress tonight to contradict what the district is stating.”
This sounds like just another attempt by the left to condition our children into accepting authoritarianism.