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Re: The Art Teacher's Curse

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Sat, 26 Sep 1998 04:35:27 EDT

I would like to comment on the following statement:
Some of the teachers at my school dress quite professionally in
pumps and dresses.
In our district dressing professionally is defined as dressing for what you
teach. PE teachers do not wear shirts and ties or pumps and dresses. Art
teachers, science teachers, etc. are not expected to wear dresses and pumps
or shirts and ties either. It is understood that our subjects are more active
and involve materials that ruin clothes. We are requested, however, not to
wear jeans. In fact all teachers are encouraged to wear sensible shoes and
attire. Casual is acceptable up to but not including jeans and t-shirts.
I think that professional attire is relative.
But I think if we have been teaching for very long we have been through the
"female teachers are not allowed to wear pants" bit. I know I have. In those
days if you wore dresses, you had to wear pumps. Flats were considered too
casual. I know that is where my foot trouble started. And when I think of the
expensive dresses that were ruined with printer's ink or acrylics. Yuck. I am
so much happier with my khakis and Birkies and sneakers. Especially on the
potters wheel!!!!!
Therefore I think professionalism does not depend on what you wear. Of course
I've got my boundaries. :-))