Believe me, the public schools should have uniforms – some time ago I was coming home from downtown and public school students got on the street car – their clothes were TERRIBLE-- nothing fit them -everything was hanging off them – I wassomewhat amazed – then a few stops later Catholic school students got on the car and what a difference – their clothes fit them and they looked great!
All of the Catholic schools in my city (both parochial and private) allow the girls to wear khaki or navy pants or walking shorts (color depends on school’s preference), along with skirts. Some elementary schools even offer the classic “Catholic school girl” plaid jumper along with the khaki/navy pants option.
Most of the public and charter schools in my area also have uniforms- khaki pants and solid color polo shirts…same as the Catholic high schools.
I have never heard of teachers wearing uniforms. Is this something new or something regional or cultural in your location?
How many of those schools were not in existence more than 30 years ago? It was the cultural thing for girls to wear skirts, skorts, jumpers, etc. I did, in the 80’s. It was conservative; it looked good; it was distinctive and everyone knew where you belonged; and as a poor kid, I didn’t have to compete with the rich kids-- as if I ever paid attention to clothes, but some do.
Pretty much everyone looks good in a Catholic school uniform or a Japanese school uniform. I wouldn’t mind seeing more uniforms on the local public school kids.
my catholic elementary school let girls wear pants starting november 1st (though there was one time that my mom wrote a note explaining why I was wearing slacks - it was cold and I would get cold very easily and there were times it was cold in october and combined with outside recess…) So, yes, at least back in the late 1980s, we were allowed to wear pants. I would have froze in just a skirt in the winter for recess.
So, are you sure girls aren’t allowed to wear uniform slacks? I think they should be allowed.
Before my Alma mater high school switched to uniforms (After I graduated) we had a dress code, but no uniforms (well, except for shorts…we had to wear Dennis brand uniform shorts if we wore shorts). We could dress in slacks and nice shirts or sweaters… Or nice skirts that came to the knee. No Jeans.
The schools where my kids attended only required the girls to wear skirts on Mass days (once a week) and for special presentations. On the other days, they wore slacks or (in high school) shorts. It’s Texas, though, and a lot of the girls wore skirts in high school even on non-Mass days since they were more comfortable than long pants in warm weather.
Our kids did attend one school where the teachers wore uniforms. Khaki pants or skirts and button-down shirts/blouses. The students’ uniform was different. But usually, the dress code for teachers is roughly equivalent to business casual.
I guess it depends on the school then. seems like in this archdioceses, they emphasize skirts and kilts. I’ve looked on school websites
and I know there’s a dress code for teachers here, I’m just not sure exactly what it is. I personally don’t like skirts or dresses and only wear them on formal occasion because social norms dictate, and especially don’t like them in colder weather so it would be a definite bonus if I didn’t have to wear one to work every day.
guess that’s why this whole thing was such a sticking point for me. I just don’t really understand why skirts are supposed to be more inherently feminine than pants, both pieces of fabric, not sure what the big deal is.
oh well, i’ll worry about it if I ever get hired, I guess