The notion that it's okay to dress unprofessionally 20% of the time (every Friday) is absurd and degrades our profession. When parents visit schools and see staff in jeans, t-shirts, shorts, sandals, and other ultra-casual dress items it reinforces the negative stereotypes that dog our profession. When the community is asked support schools through referendums, we want them to envision a classic professional, not someone who appears to be heading to Ribfest. It's considered a "white collar" profession for a reason.
Please note that the faded t-shirt with the elastic long gone from the neck line that just also happens to have your school logo on it also looks like total shit. Couching it as having school spirit is just bad rationalization. Take it off, maybe use it to dust, and then throw in the garbage.
This post originally appeared on Tales in Education which appears to be written anonymously - so if you are the author of this post and would like me to take it down, please shoot me an email. But please know that your thoughts mirror my own ... you just did a great job of expressing our shared ideas.
PS - If you need a new tie to wear next Friday, hears a good-looking one from Guess.