It may be a slow week here at the d.school given that it's spring break, but that doesn't mean the fellows are taking a break. If you've checked out SFGate.com recently, you may have noticed d.school edu fellow and San Francisco Unified School District board member Matt Haney has introduced a new resolution -- one that arose from his work as a d.school fellow.
The topic: Hats.
According to the district dress code, in addition to "plastic shorts" (whatever those are), students are not allowed to wear hats to school. The ban is leading to, as Matt describes them, "challenging relationships" between students, teachers and administrators:
Too often, hats are the source of conflict and tension between school officials and students, creating unnecessary tension and frustration, Haney said.
“It’s such a suck of time for the teacher and it creates these challenging relationships,” he said, adding students want more flexibility. “I was visiting schools and students kept bringing it up.”
So, where does design-thinking come in? In an e-mail Thursday, Matt wrote that "the issue came up unexpectedly while I was doing some of my empathy work around student voice, and ... it kept coming up." This isn't Matt's first resolution. In February, the school board passed a measure Matt sponsored to, among other things, reduce the number of suspensions for "willful defiance" -- a broad category of misbehavior.