Once required, now retired: the skirt.

For the second year in a row, Christian Brothers has banned students from wearing skirts and dresses to school. Actually, the way that the article is written, it’s an implicit ban on skirts and dresses: Girls, like the boys, are required to wear pants or long shorts.

What a fascinating turn of events, that a high school’s dress code would do such a 180. In the 1950’s, Christian Brothers required female students to wear skirts. Now, they’d be sent home if they did.

Dylon said it best: Times . . . they are a-changing.

3 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 10:24 am

    my sister went to a catholic high school and the days i’d have to pick her up i always laughed at the girls in their proper plaid skirts with bulges at the waist where they’d rolled them up to show off more of their legs to the pimply quarterbacks whose attention they craved. always seemed a bit pointless for a school to have a dress code and then watch gals tart themselves up anyway.

    seems like as sensible a policy as any, really. like the feminist in the article says: pretty egalitarian.

    and the comment about attention now turning to headbands and accessories is part of the reason i have zero problem with uniform policies even at public schools: the kids will find a way to be “expressive” (god forbid we instruct them how to express themselves orally or through writing during instruction time) regardless of the dress code.

    kids need structure – learning how to express themselves within a structure teaches them to live in the world.

    go CB.

  2. Jamus (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

    Uh.. I don’t think Christian Brothers required skirts on girls in the 1950s… Mostly because it was an all male school until the late 1980s or early 1990s, if memory serves me.

  3. cd (unregistered) on September 18th, 2006 @ 11:27 am

    I think it was coed then not coed and then coed again, right? Maybe not – I thought that’s what the article implied . . .

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