Supporting Dress Code
Argumentative research papers can support or refute any type of discussion presented. Research papers supporting the dress code are just one example of a topic that education students often debate.
The Court's decision in Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) prompts many to believe that school dress codes are unconstitutional. Although Tinker does indeed provide some battleground for those that oppose the implementation of dress codes, the final passage of the Court's decision-"unless the schools officials could show that there would be material interference with, or substantial disruption of, the school's normal routine"-has proven extremely viable in helping administrators overcome the argument of First Amendment rights in adopting dress codes.OPI:>
This example is well illustrated in the case of Phillips v. Anderson County School District Five, in which a middle school student filed suit after being suspended from Lakeside Middle School for refusing to remove his jacket "made to look like the Confederate battle flag. After being suspended for three days for wearing the jacket to class, the student's father returned his son to school again wearing the jacket. At this point the student was suspended for five days. A deadlock ensued as the school refused to allow the student to wear the jacket and the father refused to send the child to school without it claiming that doing so violated his son's First Amendment rights.
When the case went before the Court, two facts were revealed that ultimately served as a detriment to the student's case.
- First, the school district already had a dress code policy in place.
- Second, Lakeside Middle School had a strict policy on adherence to teacher rules and policies.