I still stand by what I said before about character includes doing the right thing even when someone isn't looking. I feel we, as parents AND as teachers, need to help students realize this and learn how important it is that they recognize and follow good rules ALL the time. I know that isn't exactly inherent in human nature, but it is something we need to help our children attain. It will lead to a more honest society. Look, I went through parochial elementary (1-8) school. It was expected that you followed every rule whether or not you were being watched. Now, I am the kind of person who feels that if I don't do what is expected all the time, then I am most likely to be caught either by a person and definitely by God. That is me personally. In public school, we obviously can't (shouldn't) bring God into the picture (Heaven forbid!) but we should work that much harder to convince the kids that EVERYTHING they do, observed or not, is important in forming who they are as a person. Therefore, I keep my rules pretty basic in class, and enforce school rules as well. Dress code rules - I have to admit, I slide on those because administration, again and again, doesn't back the teachers up even though they are the ones who set the standard and want us to enforce it!