Blowing in the wind
May 6, 1970 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Student Dress Codes Should Be Returned To The Home, Where They Belong"
Let's face it, parents. The question of "what should a student wear to class" is one that has to be answered before that child leaves home in the morning. This business of turning teachers into fashion monitors has got to cease.
The students are unhappy with the present state of affairs. The teachers are in a tizzy. The administration is trapped in the most unhappy middle. Only the parents are being spared the present uproar. But not for long.
We may not face the great lineup of miniskirted suffragettes on a given morning. We don't have to block the campus gates to girls in long pants, or boys in Bermudas. But that's child's play to what is sure to follow.
The relationship between teacher and student is an uncertain thing under the best of circumstances. No dress code has ever offered anything approaching a firm dictum. Regulations governing the dress of the young lady must, and in all social fairness, be adjusted seasonally, and undergo a complete overhaul at least annually.
The judgment as to what is "morally acceptable" is dependent on a whole range of variables, from the teachers personal beliefs to the height of his or her own eye from the floor. The ultra-mini may be only fashionably offensive to the female instructor; to the male teacher the same miniskirted girl, seated front row center, can be a disturbance of the first order.
Then there is the matter of long pants. The school says boys must wear them ... short skirts (but not too short) for girls are OK, even on a cold winter's day. It's a rough go -- damned if you do and blasted if you don't. Parental standards and dress codes, swinging mothers and uptight fathers, fashion mags, new mods and then there's the teacher in room 222.
Who can a girl believe?
Stir well and cook the whole thing to a boiling point. But if the lid starts to lift just write it off as "nothing more than a bunch of kids letting off a little steam." Maybe that's what they said at Tracy High School before the riots, before the "hippies" and "sporties" squared off in a war to end all codes.
Could it happen here? Could sensible young boys and girls from all-American middle-class homes really get that worked up over the length of the boys' hair or the height of a girl's skirt? We don't know. But we'd also rather not find out.
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At the Movies: The Vine, Livermore. John Wayne, Glen Campbell and Kim Darby in "True Grit." Co-feature is "The Sterile Cuckoo" with Liza Minnelli.
Last week's question: The May 4 massacre was in 1970. Four students were killed protesting the Cambodian Campaign at what university? Answer: Kent State, Ohio.
Trivia Question: What year did the first color TV appear? What did it cost?
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