I have been watching all the discussions about the new dress code at Rome High School. I was going to stay on the sidelines with this one, but I think I am ready to weigh in on the issue.
Full disclosure, my daughter graduated in 2016, from Armuchee High School, so I do not have a dog in this fight. (However, I do a recall an incident in 1990, at Model High School, when my principal, S. Wayne Huntley, made me wear a jacket all day because I had a little of my back showing.)
Is the dress code a little strict? Maybe. Did the school fail to give advance notice about the upcoming dress code? No. Will these children not enter the workforce where rules and dress codes are enforced? You better believe it. Should both teachers and students be held to the same dress code? Of course. Do you have the right to not like it? Yes. Should you encourage your children to follow rules that they will encounter for the remaining of time? Again, Yes.
Look I will admit that I am a fan of school uniforms and then no one can complain about anything. I published an article this morning talking about the GOOD things that are happening at Rome High. Instead of focusing on the GOOD things like more children are not only graduating, but graduating college ready, academic grades are on the rise, more children are participating in school sports and other activities than ever before, summer school attendance is down, SAT scores on rising, and the list goes on. Why can’t folks focus on this as well as the dress code?
I am honestly tired of seeing ridiculous memes of women in burkas and seeing the Atlanta News coming to cover the dress code. News should also report that good things are happening in the Rome City School System and that is something we all can be proud of. From the beginning of time, people have wanted to express themselves and buck the system, but when is enough actually enough?
How many of you regularly visit the schools, attend School Board Meetings, join PTA/PTC/PTO or Booster Club Meetings?
Your involvement after the fact could be better used in the planning discussions during these meetings. The hours spent discussing it on social media could have been hours spent involved in the actual school system.
But hey, that’s just my opinion.
(The views expressed in this editorial are those of the author, Layla Shipman, and are not the opinions of All On Georgia.)