I wish I was a morning person, but I am not. Even when I had to get up at 5:00 a.m. every day for work (this is the life of any teacher basically), I still wished I could roll up in pajamas. So when I heard about this story, I could totally relate to these parents.
Kate Chisholm, the head of Skerne Park Academy in Darlington, England, wrote a letter to parents telling them to stop wearing pajamas and slippers when they drop off and pick up their kids at school. This seems a little extreme to me (although this letter would make Anna Wintour proud). Isn’t the more important thing the fact that the kids are actually getting to school?
Chisholm is quoted as saying in The Guardian:
“I just thought, can I condone this? It’s all very well having the right to do what you want, but we’re trying to raise standards in the school. We want children to know what it’s like in the outside world. I thought I’ve got to say something, so I did.”
The letter was then published by the Daily Mail, where Chisholm explains that she feels parents should set a good example for their kids, starting with being presentable:
“I have noticed that there has been an increasing tendency for parents to escort children to and from school while still wearing pajamas, and, on occasion, even slippers. Could I please ask that when you are escorting your children, you take the time to dress appropriately…to set out children a good example of what is appropriate and acceptable in all aspects of life…”
Not surprisingly, many parents took offense and responded with criticism of their own. Watch this video from the Daily Mail where the parents explain how they feel about the letter’s advice:
Do you rock the pajamas for school drop-off? Let us know what you think.