Debating dress codes and inner beauty with middle-school girls

02/14/2013 | Atlantic online, The

The rapidly changing bodies of middle-grades girls makes enforcing dress-code rules a "nightmare," educator Jessica Lahey writes in this essay. While debating the merits of relative skirt length to arm length, Lahey writes that she worries about her female students and tries to let them know she respects them for their minds and character. "And for as long as I have been a teacher, I have worried that my female students are so concerned with their newfound sex appeal that they forget to appreciate all the other gifts they offer to the world," Lahey writes.

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