I came across my old yearbook from high school, and this was the dress code from 1959:
“Girls are not permitted to wear slacks or jeans to school. Boys are not permitted to wear Levis to school. Boys must wear belts at all times. Metal heel-clips may not be worn at any time. Leather jackets may not be worn to class. Engineer boots may not be worn to class. The top button on boys’ shirts may be left open. Ducktail or ‘Elvis Presley’ haircuts are often associated with misbehavior. Boys with unsuitable haircuts may be sent home until they present themselves with proper haircuts.”
The drop-out rate was 1 percent. The teachers wore proper dress and you knew them from the students. The teachers and school leaders were in charge — not the kids. Maybe if the adults were in charge again, students would get an education.