Student Dress And Grooming

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Dr. William Allan Kritsonis
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Student Dress And Grooming

  1. 1. Student Dress and Grooming William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
  2. 2. Research Subject <ul><li>Student Uniforms and Grooming </li></ul>
  3. 3. History <ul><li>1987 Cherry Hill Elementary made history when it became the first public school to adopt uniforms . </li></ul>
  4. 4. History <ul><li>1996 State of the Union Address by President William Clinton which he strongly recommended uniforms as one way to keep schools safe . </li></ul>
  5. 5. School Uniforms <ul><li>~Pros~ </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce violence </li></ul><ul><li>Increase school safety </li></ul><ul><li>Increase attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Improve grades </li></ul><ul><li>Financial benefits for parents </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce visible economic differences </li></ul><ul><li>~Cons~ </li></ul><ul><li>No confirmed effect on safety and violence </li></ul><ul><li>No bearing on academic achievement </li></ul><ul><li>May mask risky behaviors (gang participation) </li></ul><ul><li>Violates student’s rights to free expression </li></ul>
  6. 6. Student Grooming <ul><li>Common Standards: </li></ul><ul><li>Hairstyles must pose no disruption to the learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Good, clean hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>Neatness, and order are paramount </li></ul>
  7. 7. Legal Issues <ul><li>Parents and School Tangle Over Waldorf Tot's Locks Boy, 3, Suspended From Private Academy </li></ul><ul><li>By Megan Greenwell Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, November 24, 2007; B01 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Conclusion <ul><li>Research has shown that the implementation of school uniforms has no direct effect on school safety or performance. What is most often visible is a sense of “order”. A school that has a uniform policy is no safer than one that does not have a uniform policy, and student performance ahs been linked to parental involvement, not uniform mandates. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion <ul><li>Grooming policies often thwart radical behavior, and disruption to the learning environment, and are therefore believed to be beneficial, all be it sometimes controversial . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Resources <ul><li>Baltimore City Public School System </li></ul><ul><li>www.bcps.k12.md.us </li></ul><ul><li>National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) </li></ul><ul><li>www.naesp.org </li></ul>

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