Thursday, January 22, 2009
The Fall Of Education In America !
In my opinion, the lack of well dressed teachers and students has helped lead to the education turmoil we see in America today. And yes, believe it or not, I began my career after college by taking a position as a high school history teacher. I later decided that I wanted to make my own fortune, and therefore I left to start my own PR business, but that is another story in itself.
But again, I believe the lack of well dressed teachers and students has partially lead to the decline of education in the US. How could this be......well it is simple. Whether or not our grandparents or parents attended a private or public school, they all seem to have a similar charm at one point in history. Professors/teachers always wore a jacket and tie, and the students were forced to dress in a similar fashion. This dress code help to stabilize the children, and having a professionally dressed teacher help to set the stage for discipline. You see, a dress code also forced parents to be involved with their children and their clothing choices. In a sense, the clothes brought out attitudes of respect, discipline, and cooperation.
In today's society, teachers wear jeans, sneakers, and sweatshirts on a daily basis. Students dress in medieval......well, and the girls are half naked with their chicken and beef hormone advanced breast bouncing everywhere. It is distracting to the young boys, and heck, it even distracted me at times. Because teachers and even principals look so unprofessional, I think the state legislatures began to loose faith in their abilities, and they regulated the heck out of the classroom with hoola hoops, and standardized test after test to jump through. It is also fact that schools that have strict dress codes perform better, even in today's muddled climate.
I guess I will finish with this......when teachers start dressing like professionals, and when we have strict dress codes for students, you will see a rapid rise in education in the US. Plus, some of the politicians may get their nose out of the education business, and entrust those who actually attended college to learn to teach to actually teach.
A former Headmaster of Hotchkiss (Prep School My Dad Attended) having a puff. My goodness.....the people today would want his neck for such a display....