Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Handy Dandy Skirt Length Tznius Ruler


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Anonymous said...

I taught for years in a public school and think stuff like this makes a lot of sense in that it cuts out a lot of the debating and arguing and lets the teachers focus on teaching. Teenagers are especially sensitive about fairness issues, so I could see many of them liking such a tool. Is this the most important issue on earth? I don’t think so. But at some point most kids feel tempted to wear stuff that is not appropriate and it needs to be handled so people can move on to the more important stuff.


DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

Okay, I definitely hear what you're saying. A standard form for the rules cuts out the complaints like "But *she* has a skirt so-and-so length and you didn't say anything to *heeer*." My problem is that I have heard that girls are often taught only about the skirt length/collar bone aspect of tznius, only the body of tzinus, but not the soul. By only focusing on the external aspect of tznius, the internal is lost and it begins to teach Jewish girls that their outside is a more important issue than their inside.

It's hard for teachers to avoid this I suppose. One can't see or guide another person's inside as easily as he or she can legislate what someone does on the outside.