BY BUDDY NEVINS
Society has changed dramatically since 1965 and nowhere is it felt more than in the public schools.
Take a look below at two pages of the student handbook from South Broward Senior High in Hollywood, 1965-66. That’s 46 years ago.
Can any one imagine a public school student dress code today that required boys to “wear shirts properly buttoned and long trousers”? Or mandated shirt tails to be tucked in?
Many my age fondly recall the time when students had to follow such rules.
What a joke!
Regimenting kids into some bureaucrat’s idea of what we should look like has thankfully gone the way of bobby socks.
Yes, I believe in many ways the school system has become the repository of slobs. I can’t stand boys who walk around with their pants hanging down below their rear ends.
But what I dislike at 63, others believe is proper attire. Who should decide what is proper attire? Me? You?
Who decided which students had the “unusual haircuts” that were forbidden under the 1965 rule book? The cracker teachers, many who were openly bigoted? The segregationist racists who ran the Broward schools back then?
Long pants and tucked in shirt tails were required. I recall that the classrooms were largely not air conditioned, so wouldn’t it have made sense to allow shorts? What harm would it have done?
Even then the future was on the horizon. The rules stipulate “bare mid-riffs are not allowed” for girls, which was not something even considered five years earlier.
Schools are a reflection of our values and styles. Change society and you will change the way kids dress in the classroom.
Trying to regulate how school students dress reminds me of Iran.
Check out two pages of the 1965 student rules below. In addition to the dress code, the other rules are interesting, too.
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