Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||El Paso Times and El Paso Herald-Post|
|Context||The role of public schools in regulating a dress code|
|Audience||Readers of the El Paso Times and El Paso Herald-Post|
|Purpose||To show how the debate over long hair in public schools polarized a community through its local media|
In 1970, a high-school gym teacher in El Paso, Texas, refused to admit Chesley Karr to class because of his long hair. Karr refused to get a haircut and took the school to court. The El Paso Times and El Paso Herald-Post covered the "great hair debate" and served as a conduit for public opinion. Even though Karr lost his appeal to the Supreme Court, the case illuminated a divide within the community of El Paso. It also reflected the media's role in the national issue on the rights of students within the public school system. Both newspapers published editorials on the case, along with more than fifty letters from readers.