Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Of Socks and Learning...

So my 11 year old daughter says to me recently, "Mom, I'm so glad I don't have to worry about my socks today..." I reply, "Why do you worry about your socks?" As an educator,the discussion that followed really rubbed me the wrong way.

I bought her white socks with a grey or pink bottom because I have learned that the school allows students to go shoeless as a "reward" for PBIS, and I hate dingy socks. The colored bottoms hold up better over time. I did not realize that my child stressed over making sure the bottom and heal color do not "show" over the lip of her tennis shoe. Evidently the AP at her school makes the rounds in the morning for uniform patrol. Students are even required to raise their pants leg so that sock style and color can be checked. Is this really necessary? Is this really the best use of her time? Does the color of my child's socks really impact instruction so greatly that it needs to be monitored?

If the attention that was paid to uniforms/socks was applied to instruction and curriculum, I would have no doubt that my child was receiving a quality education...What happened to "The Main Thing is to keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing?"