Hats in the Classroom?

     Several years ago, I received a memo from one of the Deans here at Penn College. According to the memo, two of our students went for a job interview and wore baseball caps throughout the interview. The person who interviewed them was so annoyed by this that he called the Dean to ask what we are teaching students here at Penn College. Obviously, the interviewer was annoyed, not only with the two students, but with all of Penn College. It is possible that the two students hurt not only themselves but also other graduates of our programs. The Dean asked those of us who received the memo to help. 

     Although you may not think that this is important, or you may think that a request that you not wear a hat in certain places is an infringement of your rights, you are here to learn. I consider the question particularly important because, in learning about writing, one of the things we will consider is the question of audience. And just as you should not use certain words or grammatical constructions in writing to certain audiences, so you should not wear a hat indoors while dealing with certain audiences. 

     To assist you in learning this, I have adopted the policy of asking you, as a favor to me, not to wear a hat in my class (unless you have a religious reason for doing so). I can't stop you from wearing a hat, but just remember that I asked you for a rather simple favor, and you did not grant it. :)

This border is a reproduction of

Vincent van Gogh's 
Self-Portrait with Felt Hat 
Winter 1887-88, Oil on canvas 
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam 

from Mark Harden's WWW Artchive http://artchive.com/core.html

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[for educational use only]