PETERS – NorKam dress code controversy shows how far men still need to evolve

(Image: Karis Wilson)

THE FLAP OVER THE DRESS CODE at Norkam Secondary this week is all about evolution.

First, it’s become clear that the school district’s dress code itself has not evolved to reflect the styles of today.

Those modern styles might make older generations recoil but, objectively, they’re just fine. Styles and trends change. Get over it. When you were a kid, you didn’t want to dress like old photos of your parents either.

Karis Wilson went to school in a turtleneck underneath a spaghetti-strap dress, and that’s stylish in 2021.

Having said that, demonizing the teacher who interpreted and enforced the dress code – whether properly or improperly – is not helpful. This individual instance should point us to much broader scale evolution needed in our society.

First, are detailed dress codes even necessary anymore?

No underwear showing, no offensive messages printed on the clothes — and call it a day.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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