A Houston, Texas high school principal is putting her foot down on the dress code… for parents. James Madison High School principal Carlotta Outley Brown is catching heat for implementing a controversial dress code for parents but she’s not backing down. She’s tired of seeing mothers show up with see-through tops on campus. She thinks that parents should set a good example for their kids. Good for her.
Brown made headlines in early April after a parent publicly complained that she had been refused access to the Houston, Texas school’s campus while attempting to enroll her daughter simply because she was wearing a t-shirt dress and a headscarf. Never mind that it looked disgraceful… it was too short and it looked like she was hiding rollers. The complaint did not deter Brown in the least. Brown said that the woman who complained was turned away from the school because she was wearing a ‘nightshirt’ and that it was evident “that she did not have anything on under her garment.”
After the complaint, Brown mandated a dress code for parents. It bans things such as hair bonnets, shower caps and hair rollers, as well as prohibiting clothing such as low-cut tops, leggings, excessively torn jeans, sagging pants, and Daisy Dukes. Critics claim the dress code is classist and insulting. I would contend that what some of the parents are wearing is classist and insulting.
“I felt the need to enact the dress code because it was an educational environment, a place of learning,” Brown told Inside Edition in an interview. “When anyone walks in, we have impressionable children and we have to model what we want them to know and learn.”
From The Daily Mail:
“Prior to this woman, however, Brown said that she had been seeing an increasing number of parents arriving at the school wearing eyebrow-raising attire.
“One mom, Brown said, ‘came in with a see-through shirt and you could clearly see her breasts and her nipples.’ Meanwhile, another mom had her thong underwear visible above her pants.
“Brown said the parental dress code rules, which were sent out to school parents in a letter, were necessary because ‘Parents are their children’s first teacher’ and that formalizing the rules would ‘ensure that they know how to conduct themselves.’
“She said that these rules were not meant to ‘prohibit them from their expression’ and that they only applied to parents looking to get inside the school. Parents were free to wear whatever they wanted in the carpool lane when dropping off or collecting their kids.
“Among the more vocal critics of Brown’s dress code rules was Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers.
“‘Who are you to judge others who may not have the same opportunities that you do? Having a wrap on your head is not offensive. It should not be controversial,’ Capo told the Houston Chronicle, while also noting that Brown’s bans regarding school moms’ hair was ‘classist,’ ‘belittling’ and ‘dismissive.’
“Brown told Inside Edition that the complaining mom’s head scarf wasn’t the problem and said that while there was nothing ‘wrong’ with a hair bonnet, they have a time and a place.
“She noted that parents wouldn’t wear hair bonnets to places like church or a night on the town, so they shouldn’t wear them at school, either.
“‘This is a professional place, where learning is taking place,’ Brown said. ‘A hair bonnet is permissible in the home, with your family. It’s not permissible in the school setting.’
“Brown added that its up to adults to show children ‘what is right, what is correct, and what they need to do when they go different places. For example, you don’t wear a swimsuit to school, you wear it to the beach.’
“Brown became principal at James Madison High School earlier in this current school year, becoming the school’s fourth principal in five years, according to the Associated Press.
“Prior to this posting, she was the principal at a Houston elementary school that previously received one of the country’s highest academic honors. At the time, Brown told a U.S. Department of Education publication that she had been concerned that parents were showing up in ‘inappropriately informal dress.’ The publication noted that she then told those parents that ‘they may not appear at school so dressed and firmly turned them away, as she did any parents using inappropriate language on school grounds.'”
Class status and race have nothing to do with this. It is a matter of dressing appropriately to show up at your child’s school and what the kids learn from that. Brown is implementing morality and ethics at her high school and for that she’s being ripped apart. How upside down does society have to be to call what is right, wrong and vice versa? Evidently, we are there.
Source: The Daily Mail