Figure Modeling


Why won’t anyone criticize the stretch pants trend? The students are coming to school NUDE. Someone asserted that if a student came to school nude with a painted-on outfit, probably no one would say anything.

I don’t think the dress code actually says students must wear clothing to school. Maybe the dress code is written so that the description of stretch pants is within the acceptable parameters. Maybe people are afraid to say anything because they don’t want to be accused of being perverts. Maybe no one wants to inhibit anyone’s self-expression. Maybe people fear the consequences of the women’s rights movement. But someone needs to say something because kids should not be sexualized. School is for learning and the dress code should encourage this. Also, these pants are nasty. Maybe they’re a health hazard or something.

The issue isn’t that the larger students are wearing them. It doesn’t matter to me if the student is in good physical shape or not. I don’t think people should wear stretch pants if their shirt does not cover the derriere. It’s not appropriate for a school setting. As someone once said, “Fabric wasn’t meant to stretch that far.”



Good Riddance!

new student

When you are a teacher, much of your day depends on other people’s choices. Guidance coordinators, parents, and other teachers must place and remove students from your class as they need to, so you don’t have much choice in who your students are. Some students you can’t stand are suddenly on your roll book, while others you adore disappear without warning. Often you will celebrate when a problematic student is removed from the roster, only to be replaced by one much worse. That’s teaching, though. The only thing you can do is be a source of light for all students, so they will remember you fondly. And not shank you when you turn around.

Cool Tattoo!

nerd tattoos

I am a person who regrets my tattoos, so I sympathize with those who might impulsively get a tattoo. Here is a quick, off-the-top-of-my-head rough guidelines to help those who might be considering a tattoo:

1. Generally, only tattoo a child’s name on yourself — all other relationships may change or end over time.
2. Tattoos of someone’s face may seem cute, but the artist isn’t always as good as you think he or she will be.
3. Music bands, TV shows, movies, and sports teams that seem cool now likely won’t be in twenty years.
4. Your body is not a varsity jacket — let others sing praises about your accomplishments. (Some exceptions include notable military achievements, winning the Superbowl, etc.)
5. Matching tattoos might seem cool now, but see #1…BFFs aren’t always forever.
6. Think carefully about a tattoo in another language. Make sure you understand all the connotations of what it says.
7. Try not to get a tattoo when you are grieving, especially over a pet.
8. Popular phrases now will probably become trite (“That’s hot!”, “You’re fired!”, “Where’s the beef?”, or “My bad!” for example)
9. Carefully weigh the consequences of visible tattoos (This is for the manager at the grocery store and the blood draw nurse at the hospital – you know who you are.)
10. Everybody knows a gang/prison tattoo when they see it.
11. Due to gravity, all skin will sag. Consider how that heart will look stretched out like a green bean.
12. Don’t assume the tattoo artist knows how to spell.

No offense if your tattoos match any of the above criteria, I’m sure they look great! This is just for those other people, you know, the ones whose tattoos don’t look cool like yours. 🙂


Please Wear Clothes to School

forgot to put your skirt on

Anyone else bothered by the stretch “pants” students are wearing? They look like tights. They do not cover anything that clothes are meant to cover. I can’t wait for this fad to end.