The Vocab of Dress Code: A Guest Editorial

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Editor’s Note:  As always, the Jeffersonian eagerly encourages the exchange of ideas on subjects of importance.  The views expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of Jefferson Middle School, its Administration or the Jeffersonian staff.  Enjoy!
By:  Anonymous
There has been a lot of talk about dress code issues here on the Jeffersonian blog. Some people think “the Dress Code ‘Movement’ needs to stop,” while others feel that it deserves to be discussed. The recent conversation sparked after listening to comments made during the Assembly held on January 6th. In said Assembly, the Dean of Students, Ms. Torres, mentioned that we should be aware of our clothing and make sure it is 100% school appropriate.

First of all, I personally don’t believe the Dress Code Movement (yes, Movement) needs to be stopped. If it’s a topic that at least one person feels strongly about, then it’s a topic that should be discussed. Obviously, many students at JMS feel the dress code is outdated and call for some adjustments. Saying “the dress code will never change,” is NOT an excuse to stop a movement, even if that movement is a small one. If you never try, then there’s a 0% chance you’ll succeed. (special thanks to Ms.Kinney for teaching us that lesson.) If you want to stand up for what you believe in, then do it and make sure your doing it for the right reasons.

Now, as for what was said at the assembly, I don’t think Ms.Torres was trying to prevent anyone from expressing themselves through their clothing. She was simply reminding us that there is a dress code and it needs to be followed. If you don’t think that the dress code is fair, then bring it up to someone who has the power to change it. Don’t disobey the current one to make a point, because, trust me, it won’t work in your favor. The message from Ms. Torres wasn’t to judge yourself, as in point out your flaws. Her message was to judge what you are wearing, so it corresponds with the dress code. Also, I would like to point out that this Assembly was supposed to be somewhat of a pep talk to the students of JMS. Therefore, more of a message of encouragement, rather than a vicious attack on our morals. What was said at the Assembly wasn’t really a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

(The following are actual definitions, according to Merriam-Webster, of commonly misunderstood terms by middle schoolers.) THE MORE YOU KNOW

Feminism:  The advocacy of women’s social, political, and economical rights, especially in regards to the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.

Humanism: A system of values and beliefs that is based on the idea that people are basically good and problems can be resolved using reason instead of religion.

Egalitarianism: A belief in human equality, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

All in all, the issues with the dress code are very important to people and should be discussed, but only for the right reasons. My advice for anyone who is trying to change the rules and/or thoughts of others is to pick your battles wisely, because not every argument is worth the trouble.



2 thoughts on “The Vocab of Dress Code: A Guest Editorial

  1. This isn’t related to the post, but what’s going to happen to jeffersonian now that the eigth graders who were running it aren’t here?

    • Dear Curious: Great question, and one we were kinda waiting, with baited breathe, to answer. There is now a Journalism elective at Jefferson taught by Ms. Kinney. She will, of course, rock. So I wouldn’t expect the Jeffersonian to die, only grow stronger. Like a tumor or love. Or both. You pick the simile. Keep looking for it too emerge, Phoenix-like, soon.

      Oh, and a big thanks to ALL now ex-JMSers who are now 9th Graders. Thanks. And visit if you get a chance.

      Sincerely, ex-Jeffersonian officiant

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