April 21, 2016
Typically, business and career tech students dress in business casual clothing on Wednesdays as mandated by McEachern’s “Dress for Success” program, which preaches the paradigm of dressing for a dream role instead of a current role.
“Whatever career you have, you have to dress for it,” sophomore Markycia Sweat said.
On the surface, it sounds like a great idea; students learn to strive for something more and learn the ins and outs of dressing professionally.
However, Dress for Success has one fatal flaw: The clothes on someone’s back will not determine their destiny. To be fair, this isn’t a problem created by the program itself but instead it’s created by the very paradigm that the program stems from.
To put it bluntly, Dress for Success misses the point because it’s fueled by the human tendency to find a shortcut for everything. Wearing a dress shirt and khakis isn’t going to grant you a better future on their own, instead, a better future is provided by showing grit and having the determination and desire to actually want success; that is the only way to truly rein control over destiny.
Fundamentally, there’s nothing wrong with Dress for Success except for the underlying message of taking the easy way out.