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Dreadlocks and a career in elementary/secondary education

By: Tinks
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I want to be a teacher but wish I could start dreadlocks...I don't know where this would be acceptable. Maybe alternative career options...I'm starting to regret my career choice

Baba Fats
09/09/12 06:28:40PM @baba-fats:

It is tough. But it's not impossible. Just put your application and resume out there. Apply to every school you can in the area. How far are you willing to travel to do what you love?

My wife's a teacher. She's afraid to have locks again because of it. But she also didn't grow them for spiritual reasons, so it's harder with that.

Marlee Batchelder
09/05/12 12:32:00AM @marlee-batchelder:

Thats a hard one :/

Baba Fats
09/04/12 10:27:45PM @baba-fats:

It won't be easy to get a job teaching with locks. You have the right to have them if you are growing them for spiritual reasons. But schools are strange. Parents don't like to have someone who looks liberal teaching their kids. Even though most teachers are very liberal. Many smoke pot and get drunk on the weekends. But if you look like you do, parents may complain. It all depends on where you are looking to teach. Suburban parents have a stick up their ass about their kids education. Urban schools tend to be more accepting. In either case, you've got a union which will fight for you.

Now, you could go for an alternative school. But in many cases, you'll be forgoing your union. I'd recommend you try and get a union job before looking into anything else. In present circumstances, there's nothing better than having union protection. There are better ideas, but none in practice at the moment.

Like Eagle said, the Bill of rights does protect you. And if you are qualified, and preform well at your interview, they may just overlook your hair. But depending on where you live, your state may be an "at-will" state. Which means that an employer can fire you for whatever reason they want, or not hire you for whatever reason they want, and they don't have to explain themselves to you. That's just another reason to have a union

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
09/03/12 02:28:08PM @soaring-eagle:

dreads are acceptable in every career choice that they wont be a safety hazzard in the only carreers where dreads present a problem are astronaut fighter pilot fire fighter anything that requires a airtight seal for a oxygen mask

speaking of astronauts the saturn rockets that got us to the moon were designed and built (partialy) by a guy with natural dreads

dreads are protected by law by the bill of riggts they cannot deny you a job based on dreads and no company or chhool polocy can go against that however personal biasses might interfere, but in those caases you can easily have the biased individual fired for denying the job

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