This has been a recurring topic of conversation at school this year. Why do we ask students to remove hats when they enter the school? It’s a constant battle as many teachers attempt to enforce the rule as guards at the door. Far too often I hear “hats please” instead of “good morning!” when students enter the building. Sometimes this sets the tone and pace of the morning negatively. Actually more often then sometimes.
As a staff we determined a few reasons:
- Like the legion, it is a sign of respect
- Men always took hats off indoors in the 19xx’s
That is about as far as we got. With the ‘respect’ piece aside we focused on this being perhaps a 20th century rule. Men no longer remove hats at the mall, gas station, hardware store etc. And what about women? Women wear hats too.
This morning I threw it into Google for some answers and this is what I found:
Actually, it’s to pin you with evidence if you do something bad. Say you wanted to bomb your school. If you wore a hat, it would be harder for people to identify you or cameras to get a good look at you. This is why. Which is totally ridiculous, because every school has almost the same rules for each disaster or event. So, in conclusion, if you do a school shooting or something like it, they can Identify it.
Interesting. This solution implies hats were OK up until 1999 when the Columbine tragedy occurred. I am assuming this student was born after that.
Why do you have to take your hat off when you say the pledge of allegiance? It’s a sign of respect. Not removing your hat is showing disrespect.
Same applies here in Canada. Every person inside the Air Canada Centre removes their hat for the national anthem. Nobody enforces it at the arena, however.
Because it’s some “unwritten” sign of respect or something… Personally I think the “etiquette” of wearing a hat, to be blunt, is stupid.
I don’t wear hats, but my school really doesn’t care. Kids wear hats in class all the time, no authorities care.
This Yahoo answer gets me in three ways. #1. This is clearly written by a student who acknowledges an ‘unwritten rule’. #2. Staff at his/her school are seen as authoritative and #3.The authorities do not ‘enforce’ or care (about hats). Sorry kid that you view staff as authorities. That’s a bummer!
After about 10 minutes on the Google machine I was seeing a pattern regarding safety. There are comments about identifying students on camera. There are comments about hiding ‘weapons’ in hats. Of course there are many comments about being polite in removing a hat indoors – but not just school – anywhere indoors.
What is it like at your school? I have noticed that once we stopped enforcing this rule, the hats seem to come off. Maybe not as soon as students enter the building, but certainly at their lockers. I have also noticed that the ‘good morning’ at the door is much more positive than ‘HATS PLEASE!’ we are so used to hearing (followed by the usual student eye roll as if to say ‘yeah I get it – I know the rule’). Hats are OK in my books but we don’t have the same safety concerns as other places. Do you allow them?
Lastly, like the hat rule, maybe once we stop enforcing the ‘gum rule’ they will stop sticking it to desks and keyboards. Perhaps we should build a school community around common sense and being good people.
Same applies to food and drinks. Stop letting the bells dictate learning. If kids are hungry, they should snack – but without interruption.
Like I said above, it’s more about school culture and community and less about the old authoritarian way of running schools. We no longer give the strap – and haven’t for years so why do we still fight silly battles.
In the words of Gma A “keep on truckin’ !”