The controversy over the dress code at school and Galiano’s suggestion: “But first let’s listen to girls ‘and boys’ motivations”

Punctual as transfer market and news announcements about drinking plenty of water and not going out in the hottest hours, even this year the season of controversy over the school’s dress code.

As every year, it all starts with the case of a school where some leader strikes out and writes press releases to remind students of respect a certain decorum in the clothesand then continue with the setback of blows and answers, students rebelling, professors rebelling against the rebellion, in an endless game of mirrors until school ends.

Let’s try to clarify, come on now. And for once, let’s not be based on the sermons of us boomers or on the often smoky school regulations, but on the causes deep in the students.

Here are the most important:

1) Here it’s not a matter of decorum or respect: it’s a matter of survival! In the class from late April to June it is pure sauna, if not tropical climate. How can you not faint, how can you stay focused in jeans and shirt?

2) Because these problems almost always occur in relation to women’s clothing, e.g. is not there the same rigid observation of male habits?

3) The costumes have changed a lot over the years: it would not be the case to re-discuss the concept of decorum togetherConsidering that what was obscene thirty years ago is now perfectly accepted by all?

Professors and leaders on their side claim that we are all in the same boat, and as the adults resist, even the little ones can make an effort (but here they may forget thatand the metabolism is a little differentand that the boys arrive in t-shirts already in February).

On the differences between men and women, they usually minimize or deny regardlessbut we do not turn too much: it is often from a female dress that the whole controversy starts.

Finally, in essence, professors and leaders throw the ace into the hole: the context. There are places where one can go in flip flops, but school should not be one of them.

Yep: how do you deal with this last point?

That’s the common truth: just as it is not respectful to attend a funeral dressed as Krusty the Clown (unless the deceased is Matt Groening), in the same way school as a place requires that some clothes that the students have in the closet stay in the closet.

The point then becomes this: which ones? And who should decide?

The fact that the controversy repeats itself so punctually every year tells us that the only thing one can do is put a momentary discussion on the agenda on this point: a moment when the students and their representatives can also have a say in the matter.

Let them go in, democratically, invite them to the work table: that would also be a way to strengthen them, right?

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For my part, removed the excesses that can be easily classified with exceptions, such as flip-flops and swimsuits – or at least I hope they are exceptions! – I think there are two ways to go: or finally change into uniforms (and I would love this solution)or make it clear at the beginning of the year, unambiguously what is possible to wear to school and what is not.

Girls and boys almost never rebel in front of the rules: they do so when they are not ready and when those who impose them are not consistent in respecting them again.

Then again: next year, in september, let’s all meet, parents, teachers, leaders and decide what’s busy in school and what’s not.

Could it be the right time for us to spare ourselves the controversy?

THE AUTHOR – Enrico Galiano he knows how to talk to boys. In the classroom as on social media where it is very popular. Teacher and author class ’77, after the success of the novels (all published by Garzanti) Yet we fall happy, All the life you want, Happy to the worldAnd Stronger than any goodbyehas published a very special book, It only takes a moment to become children again, illustrated by Sara Di Francescantonio. He returned to the novel with Slept on my heart last nightand his first essay was published for Garzanti, The art of making big mistakes.

With Salani now publishing Galiano his first story for children, The secret society of the word saversa love hymn to words and language.

On the author’s page all articles written by Galiano for ilLibraio.it.

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