Train a Child, Reach a Parent, Represent Well
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 4/26/2019, 4:03 a.m.
McKinney raises a good point. Although the policy may be offensive to some and does infringe on people’s rights, it is still legal. In an investigation, KHOU reported, “Texas law and state supreme court decisions give school administrators authority to set rules and discipline.” Furthermore, Houston ISD also gives principals the authority to do the same on their campuses. With this being said the policy still can be challenged.
Outrage over those not wearing the proper clothing is not a problem isolated to Texas. Tennessee State Representative Antonio Parkinson has proposed legislation for a code of conduct for visitors to educational campuses to follow. The bill regulates what visitors can wear to campuses and forbids them from being intoxicated or high on campus.
Personally, I think it is beyond time for something like this to have happened. Although I understand the parents point about the protection of their rights, I must side with the principal. If students must adhere to a dress code and a standard of professionalism why not parents and visitors that their young eyes are looking to for guidance. Parents and anyone coming on to an educational intuition need to be decent with their attire when coming to a school. Now, where I will give parents a pass on is if you are in the carpool lane and are not getting out of your car. If you roll out of bed to pick up or drop off at least brush your teeth, wash your face, and look presentable from the waist up. We must be examples of what to do for our children to be the best than be. Being the best starts with how you present yourself. Step it up to go up to and represent well.