Hats On At School

Should students be allowed to wear hats in school?

Many kids in Waterford wear hats to school, both boys and girls, but are forced to take them off before class. I can relate to this because I also wear hats to school. 

Hats are what kids like to wear these days, whether it's a snapback, their baseball team, or an authentic cap. I think that kids would feel more at home or more comfortable at school if they were allowed to wear hats. Maybe it would help the students score higher on quizzes or tests.

Also, many kids don’t like their hairstyle and like to cover it up with a simple hat. Even girls might roll out of bed in the morning and want to throw on a hat. What if someone got a bad haircut or had a bad hair day? That could easily turn into bullying issues about their hair.

One reason hats are banned is because it is a distraction. How could a hat be a distraction? Students are allowed to wear bracelets in school and some of them are brightly colored and could easily become a distraction, but they are not banned. If you ban hats because of distraction, bracelets should go as well.

Another excuse for banning hats is it's disrespectful to wear hats indoors. Well people need to realize it is not the 20th century anymore and individuals wear hats anywhere now, so that should not be a problem.

Lastly, hats are banned because of weapon-hiding issues. Heck, if you can hide weapons in a hat, you can hide them anywhere including shoes, underclothes, and jackets. So if that were an issue, to be fair you would have to ban all those items listed from school as well.

If you go anywhere, you will see almost half of the people are wearing hats. Hats are a part of American culture, and schools should not take that away from students across the country.

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Terry September 08, 2011 at 01:13 PM
My son wants to wear a hat too! Good luck!
ksam1124 September 08, 2011 at 05:50 PM
I know it is no longer the "20th century" but it is poor manners to wear a hat inside. Period. One of the big problems today is that our children lack basic manners. Sure wearing a hat is cool... but especially in high school where our children are preapring to be young men and women they need to learn how to act appropriately.
George Kuenneke September 09, 2011 at 06:27 PM
Agree with ksam. Kids must be taught basic manners in preparation for adulthood.
Payton Howser September 09, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Nice job ty!!!
houseman September 10, 2011 at 12:15 AM
Wearing hats causes bad manners? Really...Bad manners are caused by bad/lazy parenting not from wearing a hat that might symbolize your role model or your beliefs. I watched a kid yesterday hold the door open for an elderly woman at a local store. Oh yeah, he was wearing a hat. Where did he get those manners?????
ksam1124 September 10, 2011 at 02:42 AM
I didn't say wearing hats causes bad manners. I said wearing hats inside a public building IS bad manners. It can be even worse when hats are worn inappropriately like backwards or worse, sideways. I have yet to see a young man wearing a hat symbolizing his religious faith. I have seen young men wearing hats symbolizing their role models - other poor acting adults - some athletes, music stars or entertainers who have no manners themselves but our children look up to them because "they make a lot of money." As a business owner I could tell you stories of how young people have shown up dressed for job interviews or to fill out an application for employment. And let me state that wearing a hat to a job interview is inappropriate as well! My husband wears a hat all day, every day. But when he sits down to eat at home or in a restaurant, he removes it. He also removes it whenever he walks into someone else's house and most businesses. Our children need to be taught that there are appropriate places to wear a hat and school is not one of them.( I have even seen teenages wear their hats into church! ) I agree that the problem is bad and lazy parenting but since their parents won't teach them, why not at least let them start to get the message by keeping their hats off in school.
John Yannacci, Sr. September 11, 2011 at 11:58 AM
ksam1124 is correct on all counts. One of my pet peeves is to see an adult (children too but adults should know better) wearing a hat or a cap in a restaurant. I've even seen boys and men wearing their hats in church. My wife and I were on a cruise to Bermuda once where we saw the maitre d, a very distinguished gentleman, refuse to allow a passenger into the ship's restaurant until he removed his ball cap. My mother had a simple way of dealing with someone who wore a ball cap in the house, she'd knock it off their head. It seems that basic manners have become a thing of the past.
Tyler nice job with this posting. I agree with your point some of the reasons schools have told you for not wearing hats in school. Yet I also believe hats have no place in school as there is no possible need for them. Bed head can be remedied in less than 5 minutes before leaving the house. What is the next claim? - "I can't take it off because I have hat head." Hat wearing indoors (especially in school and when at a restaurant)was taught to me as something you don't do. When I walk in a restaurant (any restaurant) I automatically see a senior and remember waiting for a table at Bee Bee Dairy with my grandfather. Inevitably there was somebody wearing a baseball hat while eating or drinking coffee, he would ALWAYS comment just a tad louder than necessary how rude it was that "that guy" was wearing his hat at the table. Embarrassing for me at the time, yet still ingrained 30 plus years later (I am 40). Sometimes basic etiquette rules are tied to historical aspects that no longer exist, yet the spirit of the rule should always be considered when deciding whether etiquette and manners are being respected and followed. Basic manners make sense. Here is a good article with bullet points about the finer details of wearing hats or not, boy/girl, baseball hat or fedora. http://www.etiquettedaily.com/2009/05/hats-the-who-when-and-where-of-hats/
Matt Patton February 03, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Nice job!
Emily Johnson April 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Yes, but how might you feel is someone had cancer, and had gotten chemotherapy? Would(under special circumstances) they be able to wear a hat, or some type of coverage for their head?
andy May 05, 2012 at 12:32 AM
im with you on the bracelets. remember all the boobie bracelets we would ware last year IN school
Nathaniel Ross May 25, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I take several objections with your post. First is that "hats have no place in school as there is no possible need for them." The argument that something should be banned because it is unnecessary is widespread, but completely out of place. There is no need for paint on the walls. There is no need for clothing in the summer. There is no need for artwork, or four cushions on a couch at the same time. There is no need for jewelry or flower gardens or music. There is no need for synonyms. And yet we have all these things. Why? Because we simply like them. Even if there is no reason to wear a hat to school, "hats are not necessary" is not a valid argument. Second, I see no reason to perpetuate a silly rule that is only in place because it's traditional. No one has ever given me a logical reason as to why wearing hats indoors are rude. Don't get me wrong: some manners are important. I can absolutely understand encouraging saying "thank you" or waiting your turn in line, for instance. But it makes no sense to keep following an arbitrary rule just because the older generation has been conditioned to think it's right. If there is an objective reason for this rule that I'm missing, please let me know! But no one has successfully explained this to me yet.
andy mcgarr February 13, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I feel that 2+2 equals the suns radius....... on a good day. And how bout them 49ers, man alex smith is a great baller! i saw him dunk over lebron last night at rigley field and man can he kick a football that stingray ssuurree did taste dileshin in my toe nails. Did mom make tuna or cabbage soup. man that girl is beautiful, ya know the one with the big ole kneck that turtal neck looks fine on that dime
Andrew Stanbro October 31, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Im doing a speech on how hats in school in should be allowed. and I agree with with everything Ty said. Im also a student.. The only person that tells me to take off my hat is the principle. Teachers let me. But I also agree with houseman, and somewhat agree with Ksam.. but honestly, Im going to college, have my life planed, and was rasied right (so I think), I have pretty good manners, and I always wear a hat, frontwards and backwards, I also wear bennies.I wear them in public, and in my house. Im also know to be at the skate park a lot. I break multiple stero-types and Im proud to be able to say that.. But yes Ksam, there are a BUNCH of kids that I know that wear lil wayne hats or hats of the sort and have awful manners, but thats because they werent taught proper manners as kids.


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