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Posted at 6:30 AM ET, 01/ 7/2010

Are sweatpants too sloppy to wear to school?-- Report from Walt Whitman High

By Valerie Strauss

They certainly are comfortable, especially when the temperature drops outside, but are they acceptable for students to wear to school?

One student at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda doesn’t think so--at least not for boys.

Here’s what student Lindsey Galego wrote in the Whitman student newspaper, black&white (which you can find on line here) ).

“Girls can cheat the system by wearing leggings under long tunics or dresses, but guys just look downright lazy when they show up in sweatpants to school. And no, it doesn’t improve your look if your sweatpants have a college logo ironed on the side of a pant leg.”

The author further writes that students who wear baggy sweatpants to school look “unmotivated and sleepy” and, may, in fact, be prone to gain weight because the stretch waist-band allows for expansion.

Guys, the piece says, should wear pants that “don’t fall off” (generally a good quality in a pant) and girls should wear pants that aren’t so tight that the only way to get them on is by sucking in the stomach.

The author doesn’t specifically ask the following question but it is interesting to consider: How does the clothes that students wear to school affect the school environment and student academic performance?

There is no conclusive research regarding academic performance. There is some evidence that uniforms can lead to fewer disciplinary problems but whether it is the uniforms alone or other factors at the school is unknown.

But it seems legitimate to ask whether wearing sloppy clothes to school can contribute to a less serious attitude about work.

What do you think?

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By Valerie Strauss  | January 7, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Montgomery County Public Schools, Student Life  | Tags:  clothes at school, school uniforms  
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