I’m used to getting emails with spelling errors, grammatical errors, factual errors, and various combinations thereof from my son’s high school. Despite my low expectations, it was still a bit of a shock when I received the following warning by email yesterday afternoon (emphasis added):
With the warm weather coming our way, please remember that the school dress code will be consistently enforced. If you are wearing an item that is not permitted, students will be required to change the item.
You are probably wondering what items I might possibly wear that would require my son (much to his chagrin, I’m sure) to change me. Here is the first item from the list of “[i]tems of particular concern that will not be permitted”:
Extremely brief or revealing garments; no tube tops, bare midriffs or exposed cleavage
So “no tube tops” will not be permitted? Interesting.
Here is another example from the “not permitted” list:
Underwear not covered by outer garments (including bras straps)
I literally did a double take on that one. I thought maybe “brass straps” were something the kids were wearing these days that I just hadn’t heard about yet. I mean I just found out about twerking yesterday.
Everyone makes a typo now and then. I probably made one or two in this blog post. But I am not getting paid to educate children. I expect official correspondence being sent from schools to be practically perfect with respect to spelling, grammar and facts. It only takes a moment to proofread one’s own work, and a moment or two more to have someone else read through it a second time. It is hypocritical to expect high school students to turn in error-free work with respect to spelling and grammar when schools don’t even hold their own employees to the same standard.
And I don’t care what the policy is, I will not be wearing a tube top.