Do your high school students stink?
I’m not talking, mind you, about their academic performance. I mean, do your kids stink literally? As in body odor?
The answer is, apparently, a resounding Yes across much of the country. Unbeknownst to me, high school students have given up on the after-gym shower.
Actually, they gave up on school showers in the 1990s.
That’s what I’ve just learned after doing a bit of research that looked as far back as the 1980s. At the end of the Reagan era, I’ve found, a slew of media accounts reported that gym teachers were having a tough time dealing with teenagers who skipped the post-gym shower.
Some students claimed there wasn’t enough time to fit in a shower between classes. The reality, of course, was that students were avoiding the typical adolescent embarrassment that surrounds showering around other teens.
At that time, schools were tougher about hygiene. “Showers are required as part of the grade,” one teacher explained.