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Posted on September 26, 2012 1:28 pm
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Calina Irion
Calina Irion
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Skimpier and skimpier
As the summer has gotten hotter, Mary’s classroom attire has gotten skimpier and skimpier. What started with halter tops and miniskirts has quickly escalated into bikini tops and thong-revealing short shorts. While this has made her extremely popular with the men in the class (who flirt and lavish attention on her), the women in the class are unimpressed with her wardrobe and make rude comments behind her back before she comes to class. During a discussion on sexual assault, a woman in the class makes the comment, “If the girl dresses like a prostitute, she gets what she deserves.” Mary does a slow turn and says indignantly, “You better not be talking about me.” When should I have intervened? How?, What should I say to Mary? What should I say to the student who made the comment, and to the rest of the class?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 2, 2012 2:45 pm

NaZyde
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Mary is causing inappropriate situations in the classroom. After the first time she wore inappropriate clothing in school, the teacher should have reminded her about the dress code of the school. Often when students break the dress code they are sent to the office where they are given more appropriate clothing or have to call their parents to bring them clothing. The teacher should lot have let the situation escalate to the point that it did. The student may have not known that she was breaking rules because the teacher did not provide her with the dress code of the school.
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Edward Gibbs
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I agree with this solution. The dress code should have been enforced way before this issue escalated.
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Jenna Herberson
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I agree that the teacher should always enforce dress code.
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Solution 2
Posted October 2, 2012 2:44 pm

vusyHa
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Intervention should have happened the first day Mary wore an inappropriate outfit. As the teacher, I would have pulled her aside at the end of class and explaine the dress code and what the consequence will be when she breaks it. To the student that made the rude comment I would explain that response was not ok and will not be tolerated. I would explain to the class that bullying is not appropriate and redirect the discussion.
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Solution 3
Posted October 2, 2012 3:07 pm

JuPuqe
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The teacher in this situation should enforce the dress code from the very beginning. If the problem behavior does not stop the teacher should take the problem to the administration.
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Solution 4
Posted November 27, 2012 12:25 am

Ashley Williams
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The first day Mary wore an inappropriate outfit is when you should have intervened. I would have given her a choice to call her parents for a change of clothes, or sit in In School Suspension until the end of the day. Anything that is causing a disruption in the classroom should be stopped immediately because it will probably escalate quickly. Hints; Mary's wardrobe. I think you should have addressed Mary and the student who made the inappropriate comment separately. Obviously Mary knows she's dressing inappropriate; however, the student's comment was still rude.
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Solution 5
Posted April 18, 2013 7:34 pm

Lili G
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As the teacher, to have a successful classroom management system, these types of behaviors need to be stopped as soon as possible. So as soon as Mary came in with inappropriate attire, as the teacher, you need to address it right away. Not only is the dress code a classroom rule, but a school-wide rule, and if students are not following the rules and continue not to follow the rules, actions (consequences) need to be made. You (or the school guidance counselor) can have a one-on-one conversation with Mary and explain that the way your dress is important, and that it shows the way you carry yourself.
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Solution 6
Posted October 13, 2012 5:28 pm

ynudaq
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I would have addressed the dress code problem the day that it started to get out of hand. If this was done this situation would have been prevented. There should be a school wide dress code and this should not have been allowed.
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Solution 7
Posted October 15, 2012 7:53 pm

Justin Mortenson
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Interject in the conversation and address both students. To the woman who made the comment you can assure her that no woman deserves to be sexually assaulted, regardless of the attire they wear. To Mary, you can simply say that now is not the time for that conversation. Aside, you will need to talk to Mary about her attire as it is noticeably receiving negative attention. Some can get so caught up in the positive attention, as to not realize the negative attention. It would be best for this to be done in private. If Mary is not following the school dress code then, this is an opportunity to enforce it discipline the student as policy requires. The enforcement of the school policy may be done publicly as to set an precedent for anyone else who decide to not follow school rules.
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Solution 8
Posted October 15, 2012 10:29 pm

GeJese
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I would speak to Mary privately after class and give her a copy of the school dress code. I also wouldn't tolerate other students making comments based upon Mary's outfits. These comments made by others could be considered bullying. Also by allowing these comments in the classroom and ignoring them, Mary can feel uncomfortable and feel as if she is being discriminated against.
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Solution 9
Posted December 9, 2012 7:21 pm

Shankeil Tarver
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There should have been a dress code for the class in the first place. Intervention should have taken place as soon as the girl walked into the classroom. She should have been sent to the office to call home for someone to bring her some more clothes because what she had on was inappropriate. If there was a dress code then the girl wouldn't have dressed liked that.
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Solution 10
Posted February 25, 2013 5:58 pm

TaHazy
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It seems that Mary has not followed dress code for most of her time in class. Dress code violations are something that should be addressed as quickly as possible to ensure EVERYONE follows it. This would have addressed her inappropriate attire in class, and had she not complied, I would have sent her to administration . . or, if it were higher education classes (as it sounds like), I would report her through the appropriate channels.

As far as the discussion, these types of things happen when we have open discussions on such hot topics. Everyone has an opinion and is free to it, even if others do not agree. Before having such a discussion, you have to ensure that your classroom is a safe zone and that you created a climate of respect. As there was tension due to sexually provocative clothing in the class, it would seem that the class was not being treated with respect, and that this topic may have been a bad idea.

Dealing with the situation as is: I would stop the discussion there, possibly stating that the violent assault (meaning they were attacked without provocation) on another person is never okay (as it isn't-- and my opinion is just as valid as theirs), and then state that we will move on and not discuss anything that will cause outbursts and/or personal attacks within the room. Mary will need to be talked to about her clothing choices and asked not to wear clothing against the dress code. You could tell her this after class or in an e-mail (which may be better as she would be upset after class and this way it is in writing).
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Solution 11
Posted October 14, 2012 7:59 pm

JemyWe
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I would have stopped the conversation after the woman made that comment. It is very inappropriate to use that type of language. You need to be proactive in any situation and I truly feel that if you heard the comment, you should intervene as soon as possible. I would explain to the class that those comments are not allowed to be said in my classroom. If you have nothing nice to say, do not say it at all. After stopping this conversation, would then speak with Mary alone to get a better idea of why her wardrobe is so revealing. You do not want to confront Mary with other people around; you need to make sure it is a private conversation. If this does not work, I would then send her to the office or student services in order to find something else for her to wear or talk with her.
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Solution 12
Posted October 6, 2012 12:16 pm

NeDema
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I would remind her that there are school rules when it comes to dressing and that she is not following them. She should of been told the very first time she was dressing inappropriately. I would have a sweater in the class that I would make her put on and I would call her parents to either bring the proper clothes up to school or she will be sent to office and sent home to change.
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Edward Gibbs
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I do not agree with this solution. I think more should be done at this point other than another reminder and a sweater.
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Solution 13
Posted October 2, 2012 2:44 pm

vemybu
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When this problem first began, you should have intervened immediately. The school has a dress code in place and obviously Mary is breaking dress code with the length of her shorts and the tops she is wearing. You could first pull her aside and explain to her that dress code is in place to protect students from inappropriate behavior and bullying. If she continues to wear inappropriate attire she needs to be sent to the office. This will avoid an issue in the classroom.
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Solution 14
Posted October 16, 2012 9:49 am

edaPab
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You should have not let the problem escalate to that degree. When you noticed her outfits starting to change, you should have talked about the dress code and that what she was wearing was incorrect.
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Solution 15
Posted April 18, 2013 7:08 pm

eWaPyH
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Send a note home. If the parents are sending her to school like this, that is where the problem needs to be addressed first. After discussing this with mom and dad, send Mary to the office for real life lessons revolving around the way she is dressed and how she is portraying herself. The point of our jobs as educator is to do exactly that: educate. Not judge.
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Edward Gibbs
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I also really like this solution. I like the idea of the note, addressing the parents is important. Also educating is the best way to tell Mary she is causing herself negative attention.
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Solution 16
Posted October 2, 2012 2:52 pm

tebyXu
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Teachers should strictly follow the dress code requirements of the school. If the teacher had done this the problem would have never surfaced in the first place.
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Solution 17
Posted October 2, 2012 2:53 pm

NeDema
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You must remind the student of the school school dress code and remind them that they are not following proper school attire. I would have a sweater or cover up that I will make the student put on while in my class. I would re-introduce the student to the school rules handbook and send another one home to her parents to get signed. If this does not work I will have a conference with the parents.
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Solution 18
Posted February 27, 2013 6:09 pm

Candice Williams
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I think that the schools should be required to address how the students dress. If the teacher says something to the student, but they come to school the same, obviously it isn't working with the teachers request. The administration should have someone appointed to deal with these issues. The other students should definitely be spoken to as well. It isn't their place to be correcting other students.
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Solution 19
Posted October 3, 2012 5:35 pm

uGamag
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Set out a set of gym sweats and a t-shirt and inform the students that anyone who does not follow the dress code will have to wear the sweats and t-shirt while they are in school; otherwise, the student will be sent home to change and be marked as an unexcused absence. This should discourage all future incidents with dress code.
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Solution 20
Posted October 18, 2014 6:18 pm

SaDeTe
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This seems like an administration issue. I would send her to admin as soon as she comes in with inappropriate clothing. Once she is asked to change, maybe this will prevent the inappropriate clothing.
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Solution 21
Posted February 29, 2016 2:51 am

Rachel Antis
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Most high schools have a dress code that prevents students from wearing revealing clothes in the first place. This situation seems like one that would happen more in a college setting. First, I would review what the dress code dictates, if the student is wearing something that is against dress code I would address it outside of classroom time. If it is not against the dress code then there is nothing for you to do. To address the rest of this case, the student who made the comment “If the girl dresses like a prostitute, she gets what she deserves," is completely inappropriate and encourages rape culture. This should have definitely been addressed during the conversation.
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