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Could You Take Your Jacket Off Please? How About No

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We’ve all hated the dress code at some point. In the summer when it starts reaching the 30 degrees and it feels like your body might melt on the concrete but you basically have to wear a wetsuit to fit the dress code. People that have gone to other stricter schools may tell you that the dress code really isn’t that bad.

It is true that we do go to a school and it is understandable that they would wish for their students to dress appropriately. But what is inappropriate about feet? Are toes considered suggestive? Why are flip flops not allowed? I am willing to understand the fact that we don’t want underwear, cleavage or butts on display. But feet? I am pretty sure over 99% of the population has them. However, all students accept this rule despite the lack of proper justification for it.

There is another rule which baffles me and which is particularly relevant at this time of year. You may have heard some teachers ask students to take their jackets off when in class. Why? There is no reason that could ever justify this one. If I am cold I will wear a jacket because it is cold. If I am cold in class I will wear a jacket because it is still cold. What even is the proper difference between a hoodie and a jacket? Jackets are usually warmer and padded but why couldn’t we wear them in class. Yes if you have PE it is comprehensible for your teachers to ask you to take it off. But if you are sitting in a chair, in a classroom, why does it matter? Obviously, we would hope that our teachers were always hoping to improve our learning and productivity. I did some research and found this article which states

“Cornell University researchers conducted a study that involved tinkering with the thermostat of an insurance office. When temperatures were low (68 degrees, to be precise), employees committed 44% more errors and were less than half as productive as when temperatures were warm (a cozy 77 degrees).”

So what’s the deal with them wanting for us to be cold? I don’t know but here’s the only valid theory. They want us all to be sick because they really don’t feel like teaching in the cold.

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