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1 Social Justice and Cultural Identifiers Research Paper Liza Fabela College of Education, Grand Canyon University EDU 330: Social Justice for Educators Kate Flavell July 9, 2023
2 Social Justice and Cultural Identifiers Research Paper Controversial issue and cultural identifiers Dress regulations may benefit students of higher socioeconomic positions by reducing distractions in the classroom and making morning routines simpler and more streamlined; yet, they may be detrimental to kids of lower socioeconomic status. Economic imbalances need to be taken into consideration and accounted for during the process of policy formulation in order to produce policies that are socially just. In order to find a solution to this problem, which affects children of all different races, faiths, and cultural backgrounds, the first step is to investigate how it now impacts the students who are attending the school for which the policy is being developed. Both the proponents and opponents of the dress code debate present convincing arguments, and there is data to back up both sides of their respective positions on the contentious issue. Dress codes are becoming more common in schools despite the fact that they were initially quite uncommon. They are beneficial in that they set a standard for students' appearances and create an objective expectation for students' behavior, which protects many students from being bullied. However, dress codes may also disproportionately harm students and their families of lower economic status due to the strain they put on family finances. Historical background In the past, boarding schools and religious institutions were responsible for a significant number of dress rules in schools. These schools required more of a uniform for students to adhere to their dress codes. Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District was a landmark case in 1969 that saw the Supreme Court affirm student's rights to express themselves through clothing articles; however, the Supreme Court has never taken a position on whether or
3 not that right includes the right to reject uniforms, dress codes, or certain grooming standards. In the past, the courts have avoided getting involved in school dress codes. According to Jones et al.'s research from 2020, in more recent times, an increasing number of public schools have instituted some kind of dress rule. Even in the professional workplace, the dress code and other standards of dress have altered significantly over the course of time, relaxing a great deal in modern times, seemingly in contradiction to what the trend in school dress codes seems to be doing (King, 2020). These enacted clothing regulations differ significantly from area to location, but it often seems as though the dress codes that are in place in schools are aimed toward students who do not naturally fit into the ideal that is being presented. Summary of the controversial issue in K-12 education context There is a close connection between dress rules and the K-12 setting, perhaps even a closer connection than there is outside of this setting. There are a lot of schools that have their own version of a dress code, and it varies from school to school as to whether or not it also applies to the students. With this in mind, the dress codes itself are typically either a list of specific clothing articles that students are required to wear without exception or a set of guidelines that a student's clothes must conform with in order to be allowed to attend the school. There are some rules that are more severe than others and require the purchase of an altogether new wardrobe that is designed for use just in the educational setting.Dress rules have not traditionally been a significant part in American education, and their development and strengthening has given some reason for pause, while other parents feel that uniforms can be a factor to help bring equality to the classroom (Ahrens & Siegel, 2019). Some parents see that uniforms may be a factor to assist bring equality to the classroom.Even though public schools have not traditionally been known for having particularly widespread support for stringent dress
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