US man wants to create a mandatory dress code for parents to improve standards.
Antonio Parkinson, a US representative, has taken issue with the way some parents dress during drop offs, pick ups and other events.
He was inspired by an internet meme, prompting him to look into the issue and begin planning a bill that would allow schools to enforce a ‘parent dress code’.
The meme read: “Due to freezing temperatures, schools are advising parents to wear two pairs of Pyjamas when picking kids up.”
“That meme led to a conversation with one of my constituents during which I learned about some of her concerns about the way that parents dressed at school,” Parkinson told TODAY Style.
“That opened up a conversation, and I then got on the phone with some of the leaders in my district and learned how big of a problem it really was.”
And the issue does sound like a major one, Parkinson explaining that he’s heard countless “horror stories” from Tennessee locals who have witnessed the outrageous outfits some parents think are appropriate for school visits.
“People wearing next to nothing. People wearing shirts or tattoos with expletives,” he said.
“A principal I talked to told me a lady came into the office with her sleepwear on with some of her body parts hanging out. You got children coming down the hall in a line and they can possibly see this.”
He wants to introduce a new bill that would allow school districts throughout Tennessee to develop their own codes of conduct for parents and other adults visiting their schools, including enforcing a dress code.
…along with uniforms for parents, we are going to charge a small fee for parents to pick up children in the school pick up line…???????????? JK!
I am not proposing a dress code. I am telling school districts to post their minimum expected conduct for all on campus to see.
— Antonio Parkinson (@TNRepParkinson) January 28, 2019
I for one appreciate you taking this on. Beyond just dress code, society has drifted away from even a basic sense of public civility and decorum. Kids learn what we parents display, and we need to teach them at least a basic level of civility and respect.
— Lou (@Lougeater) January 29, 2019
He says that the goal is not to force parents to dress up for school runs but to set out an “expected decorum” that prevents students from being exposed to offensive states of dress.
Though some parents are worried that it could negatively impact lower-income families, where parents don’t have more dressed-up options available to them.
Of course, the bill Parkinson is proposing focuses on more than just what parents wear, addressing their behaviour while at schools as well.
“People [are] coming onto a school campus and cursing the principal or the teacher out. These things happen regularly,” he explained.
He hopes that by allowing schools to develop their own codes of conduct for parents the teaching faculties will be better able to manage and deal with such behaviour from unruly adults.
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