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Re: Dress code may be tightened | March 7 story

School dress code

would be worth it

I have read with interest the recent articles regarding the tightening of dress codes for students in Hernando County schools. How refreshing it is to see that the School Board, administrators and teachers have agreed that it's about time students were required to attend school wearing respectable attire.

Having spent nearly 40 years as a teacher and administrator in both public and private schools, I am aware of the great difference dress has in improving the whole atmosphere of the building. Student behavior is improved, self-esteem is raised, students feel better about themselves, bickering among students about who looks the best or who has the latest fashion is reduced and conditions within the school buildings relative to cleanliness and care are much improved.

Parents who oppose a dress code are those who don't exercise any authority with their students and don't feel anyone else should either. If parents would guide their students more toward better and respectable dress, school dress codes would not be necessary. Say "no'' when you should and stick to it. Not only with dress, but with other things students may want to be a part of. If that were to happen, then educators could spend their time educating students as opposed to policing them.

Individualism, creativity and free expression comes with age and maturity, along with the willingness to conform to regulations within the home and school.

All one has to do is enter a school that has set dress code standards and then enter one that has not, and compare the two. You'll see the difference.

May I encourage the Hernando County School Board and its school staff to continue to work toward establishing and enforcing the dress code standards. It will be worth the fight — and there will be fights with liberal parents and undisciplined students.

Richard L. Smith, Spring Hill

Re: THE Bus is valued dearly by its riders | March 6 Dan DeWitt column

Increase service,

increase ridership

The article has a lot of merit. However, instead of cutting service to four days, increase it to six days to include Saturdays.

Shoppers and teenagers will increase ridership three times what it is now. People work on Saturdays, and go to the movies and libraries. The world doesn't stop on Fridays.

Some Hernando County commissioners and activist Janey Baldwin are thinking backward and presenting a stale view of THE Bus.

Bob Barbarite, Weeki Wachee

Proven model for school dress code

School uniforms are wonderful for elementary kids. They're just not a great idea for middle schoolers.

That's not to say we don't need stringent dress codes. I believe that Challenger K-8 has found a middle ground that works. The dress code there allows middle school children to feel a bit more mature than the elementary kids, and lets them spread their wings a little. They can learn from their choices, and feel the consequences of a bad decision. It's a good stepping stone between elementary school and unrestricted high school.

Sure, some of the kids push the limit and repeat offenders can lose their non-uniform privilege. It's a learning experience not only for them, but for those kids watching. Last year, my daughter made a bad choice and had to wear her gym uniform for the day. I guarantee she learned from this experience and won't do it again. Knowing that two infractions means that the student must follow the uniform dress code for the remainder of the year doesn't hurt either.

We have a proven model to follow, one that teaches. Use it elsewhere and spend your time and energy on more important challenges to be overcome. There are no shortages of them.

Sherrie Kubis, Brooksville

Faith and science are intertwined | March 2 guest column

Science reveals reason for morals

I admire retired pastor C.D. Chamberlain's attempt to bring together the opposing groups on teaching Darwin's theories in science classes. Unfortunately, his perception of science as an amoral subject is simply wrong. The reason that humans (and most other mammals and birds) nurture and care for their young has nothing to do with morals and everything to do with science.

For these species, caring for their young is the product of hundreds of millions of years of evolving. Simply stated, those mammals and birds that did care for their young survived; those that didn't are extinct. You do not need religion to explain the moral behavior of animals, such as monogamy and caring for each other.

After millions of years of adapting, morals are "hard-wired" into our DNA as a biological advantage. Religion should be used to remind us of our moral values, not to explain them.

Michael Adams, Hudson

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