Teachers told to pull up their socks


Do as we say, and as we do? ? Teachers’ dress sense has been on a steady decline, as are the increase of nose rings, long dreadlocks and facial tattoos. ? Is it time to sort this out? ?The?New Zealand School Trustees’ Association thinks so.

In a checklist sent out to all schools, New Zealand School Trustees’ Association (NZSTA) president Lorraine Kerr has told teachers to leave their frumpy clothes in the drawer and dress in “professional” workwear.

“Nothing spells unprofessional more than an untidy, messy looking teacher, especially when meeting parents or caregivers,” Kerr’s memo read.

“Teachers see themselves as professionals and they should look ‘professional’ at school.”

The primary teachers’ union, the New Zealand Educational Institute, said in many cases the dress code advice was impractical as teachers had to dress in ways that best suited their jobs.

“Every day this involves things like sitting on the mat, climbing on ladders to put displays on walls, running around on the sports field, mixing paints, and so on,” national president Louise Green said.

The secondary school teachers union said communicating with families was important but there didn’t seem to be much thought from the NZSTA about how adding extra tasks could work practically.

“Given teachers are in class four or five hours a day, and for secondary schools there are at least 150 different sets of whanau to connect with, how do they expect us do it?” Post Primary Teachers’ Association president Angela Roberts said.

Yeah. ?Putting on a decent set of clothes, washing and taking care of your hair and not putting half of the?periodic table’s metallic elements on display on theirs heads, wrists and fingers will be completely impractical.

I mean, who can possibly teach without several lip rings?

Now, before you get all up in arms about this, it’s about consistency. ?The kids are forced into uniforms, have to meet a dress code, hair not beyond the shoulder for boys, no make-up, and so on.

If these standards are good enough to impart to children, then teachers need to lead by example.


– Herald on Sunday via ODT