Flordia Schools Forbid Hats — Skin Cancer on the Rise

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“I don’t want to see you with that hat again,” a high school principal…told a passing boy who was carrying a cap. He didn’t even have it on.

Girls in spaghetti strap tops and bare midriffs don’t seem to bother school officials, but hats drive them nuts. Hats are disrespectful and create a too informal atmosphere, they say.

Dave Weber’s Orlando Sentinel School Zone blog entry is extremely disturbing to say the least. With skin cancer on the rise across the country, it’s criminal that children are forced to go to school hatless. Issues such as disrespect and informal dress must be dealt with separately and not at the expense of our children’s health.

Check the policy at your neighborhood school. If hats are banned (and I’m of course not talking about inside the school, but outdoors only), I urge you to take action — petitions and letters to your school board and local media are in order.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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  1. How are hats inside a show of disrespect? I teach in Boston where there is a “no hats” rule. We have no sun up here, but it’s still a hard sell on the hats indoors. But when it’s questioned, hats indoors are said to be “disrespectful”.

    I did some research and the only thing I could find was a set of rules from the 1800s. In the article, hats are supposed to come off whenever sitting in a public place but are ok to be on while walking in a public place. In the same article was a piece on men and women walking on the street- the man between the street and the woman.

    We have bigger fish to fry in public education. However, I’ma small fish, just a teacher, who is easily fried.

    • The hats-off rule seems to follow religious tradition (for men at least). In Corinthians 1:11, it reads:

      “Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head…A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God”.

      Biblically, women were supposed to cover their heads in church (“..every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head…”). These days, of course, the number of women who wear hats in church is probably less than those who choose to attend without hats.

      • It’s no wonder the kids don’t understand why they can’t wear them.

      • Maybe in the school systems, the hat ban started with gang problems. In Wikipedia, it says: “Wearing a baseball cap with the peak facing in a certain direction may denote membership in a gang. For this reason, some public schools ban baseball caps. ”

        See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_cap under the heading Use in advertising.

        Personally, I find the baggy hip hop pants that male students wear disgusting, and wish with all my little might that they might be banned outright and forever.

      • The baggy pants aren’t even the worst anymore. Boys are wearing “skinny” jeans now, waist down to where their legs meet their backs (yes, down to THERE!) with a studded belt and underwear for all to see. I feel embarrassed for then when the kids have to walk line penguins to compensate from the tight belts restricting any hip movement!

      • *feel embarassed for THEM
        *LIKE penguins!
        *compensate FOR

        Whew, summer vacation pronto!

      • Teaching: the hardest job in the world (for a myriad of reasons!). Enjoy your vacation, and thank you for what you do.


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