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Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning

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Dress codes...

"Pointy hair so sharp it could hurt someone": Ah, a new academic year and a new round of revamped dress codes in the local high schools. These articles are always just so good for a laugh. We'll start with the problems in Ravena:
Administrators added one more item to the list of banned clothing: pajamas.

"We can't have kids wearing lingerie or pajama bottoms or slippers to school," said RCS district spokesman Michael McCagg.

Of course you can't. Although you'd probably be wishing the kids were shopping at Victoria's Secret if you had this apparent problem at Burnt Hills:
But Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake district spokeswoman Christy Multer added a few other things to that list: pointy hair so sharp it could hurt someone, dog collars, chains that could catch on to something. These, she said, are safety hazards.
Nice. But before you going blaming the parents, consider this revelation:
Some kids also try to bamboozle their parents by wearing one outfit out the door and changing into another when they get to school, McCagg said. The dean of students has seen kids wearing three outfits in one day.
Three outfits? I guess when your pajamas counts as one of them, it's not that tough. Then again, the schools have probably made it hard on themselves in some ways:
[The] list of what you can't wear includes a lot of stuff you'd expect: clothes promoting the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs; shorts and skirts shorter than mid-thigh; midriff-revealing tops; two-piece bathing suits at the pool.
I understand the impulse against the alcohol, tobacco, and drug-wear, but it doesn't really seem worthwhile to me to get all up in a twist about high school kids wearing a Budweiser t-shirt. And i certainly don't remember them worrying about it 10 years ago when i was in high school. Especially if kids are wearing lingerie to class. That's got to be a more urgent problem.

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At 5:44 PM , Anonymous Tara Too said:

They're just getting them ready to work for the government. At my job the skirts are measured and if they are more than an inch above the top of the knee, the person is sent home, on their own time. So, better get them ready for crazy dress-codes early, then they'll be all ready.    

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