Earlier this week, a group of Williamsport High School students promised that they would protest their school's dress code this afternoon at the Washington County Board of Education's central office. No one should be surprised or alarmed by this; protest rallies are as American as apple pie, and high school is traditionally the time when students test the limits of authority.
But while we support students' right to peacefully protest school policies on their own time, we ask them to consider another point of view - that Principal James Hardin just might be correct in his insistence on a fairly strict dress code.
We say that because, in one meeting after another, we've heard local business leaders say that young people who come to their firms seeking work don't arrive with the proper attitude or attire. Learning that there are certain standards that must be followed in the workplace is part of what Hardin is trying to get across.