Quite some time ago we wrote an article about what teachers should wear in the different school systems (aka government, catholic, and independent schools) but as I continue to visit schools and see young teachers at work, I am surprised at what I see.
Young teachers wearing jeans to work
Each time a new teachers arrives in Australia, they ask me what is appropriate to wear and I always say it is better to be more formal and professional especially as they are young teachers and students are looking nice in their uniforms. Trying to keep a bit of separation between you and your students, is very important in terms of classroom management and respect.
However this year each time I visit my Canadian teachers in Australian schools, I find myself surprised to see many of them in jeans. My belief is that teaching is a profession and in order to be treated and respected like other professions, we should be dressing as such. Of course if you are teaching PE this is slightly different.
One of the reasons (or excuses) that my teachers give when I enquire, is that other teachers at the school are also wearing jeans. Again my belief is for those that are wearing jeans, they have likely been at the school for a very long time, are older and have earned the right to wear jeans. They are not young, new teachers at a school. Is it a Generation Y thing? Am I wrong? Doesn’t it look unprofessional to wear jeans when teaching students?