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RE: dress codes


From: LeAnn Escoffre (lescoffre_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 14 2003 - 16:44:27 PDT

I always and I do mean always seem to end up wearing art. I do
watercolor and I end up with watercolor on me. Ink from pens, markers,
you name it, it gets on me, and doesn't seem to come off in the wash. I
usually wear khaki pants and a nice shirt. My shirt gets stained and
sometimes my pants do too. I bought some comfort shoes today at KMart,
They feel nice and cushy. I never get to sit down like some teachers do
and at the end of the day the concrete has killed me. I would never be
able to wear a dress though. Just not practical for me. ANd on Fridays
we do get to wear jeans which I feel is nice.

-----Original Message-----
From: Patricia Knott []
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2003 12:17 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: dress codes

Woody said I agreed to my principals request last year... so I would
appear more professional.
Sharon said but the
> students have a dress code and teachers are supposed to follow it
> much too.

You are all having some fun with this topic, but it is in fact an issue.
Teacher dress came up in my Issues in Ed grad class this summer.
I don't care what anyone says but how one looks is very much a part
of being perceived as being a professional. I know we are a lot more
relaxed about what that look is, but I have to say sometimes I'm
appalled by what I see. I have seen prospective teachers sitting in
the office waiting for an interview- wearing jeans! My school has
"dress down day" on paydays and we pay a dollar to dress down (which
goes into a scholarship fund). I am glad that we don't wear jeans on
any other day.
We fight to be considered professionals. We want the respect and the
salary associated with being professionals. I may be wrong, but I think
the role model figure we have to be is sometimes diminished if we don't
look like a professional. I really like that most of the men in my
building still were a tie. I wear pants most of the time for the
practical reasons you have said, but when I wear a skirt or dress, I
never fail to get comments from the kids.... they like it when we
I think we underestimate how we look. I may be old fashioned, but I
think part of my validity is tied to how I look. I don't want to look
like the kids. And yes, Woody, I think there are battles... and there
are battles.

As far as shoes go
It's my experience that this is the one thing I'll pay big bucks for.
Cheap shoes are cheap shoes and last as many minutes as the price tag.
Search for the good shoes that fit your feet and pay the price.
here is a good on-line source for many of the shoe brands that have been

hope I don't sound preachy
who loves to go to Neiman Marcus and try on the $500. pointy toed ,
spiky heeled Italian shoes walk around a bit and look at the
eager salesman and say with a grimace OOOOh Don't feel good
but they really do feel good if only I had $500. for shoes!