Dress code and the Constitution

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, June 28, 2004

Many thanks to Sheila Keller for her insightful comments in her My Turn article, "Dress code won't change values."

The following is the preamble to the Constitution of the United States: "We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

I would propose that the administrators, teachers and student body of Juneau-Douglas High School take on the project of moving from the vantage point of a communal approach to the dress code which might begin with the following: "We, the student body, teachers, and administrators of JDHS, in order to form a more harmonious whole, establish justice for all in the time and space which we enter and abide together daily, to insure communal harmony by providing for our common human ideals in order to promote the general welfare of all persons so that all may secure the blessings of freedom for all and the dignity of all."

Such an endeavor is complex. I am a 60s child and remember all too well the many attempts to "control" the mini skirt and long-haired-Beetle craze. These attempts did not work on behalf of freedom and dignity for all. The winds of change and challenge are upon us once again.

Sharon K. Cooper


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