Yes, this post is a broken record.
This month I have been on a number of campuses that require students to conform to standardized dress (uniforms). But there has yet to be even one of these campuses that have had any expectation for professional staff appearance.
The hypocrisy was complete when I observed a female middle school teacher in an untucked, inappropriately deep V-necked T-shirt, ratty blue jeans, and flip flops berate a student for not having his shirt tucked in appropriately.
Here’s the rule: Either model your expectation, or don’t have the expectation. It’s that simple. If you are unwilling to model what you expect, you have provided proof positive that you value comfort and convenience over effectiveness and performance.
Think. Work. Achieve.