Some teachers feel that wearing hoods may pose a safety risk. This is because a hood obscures a portion of a person's face and identity, making it more difficult to recognize an intruder or a pupil who has done something wrong. Many malls, probably for this reason, prohibit the wearing of hoods.
The most prevalent reason why professors advocate against hoods is that they believe wearing hoods is disrespectful. "Wearing hoods is a kind of disrespect, especially in a public place," Mayfield Middle School administrator Paul Destino remarked. In this sense, a hood might serve as a security blanket. Students who wear them aren't willing to put themselves on display unless they feel like it's necessary.
Hoodies are often worn with the hood pulled over the head or folded down under the chin. This is called "wearing a hood."
Professors and other authority figures may advocate against students wearing hoods for the same reason that they might advise against students wearing masks: to prevent students from hiding their true identities or feelings. Wearing a hood could be seen as a way for someone who has been bullied to hide behind something else.
If you want to wear a hoodie in class, there is no reason not to do so. However, if you find out that some professors or administrators oppose hoods because they think it's disrespectful, then you should probably stop wearing them.
Wearing a hoodie is very acceptable. Unfortunately, certain socio-ethnic groups believe that a hoodie is the ideal "tough man/bad guy" outfit to wear when they boost the local 7-Eleven, with the hood ideally concealing/obscuring their faces from the usually lousy security camera. These people should be told that they look stupid and ashamed of themselves.
A hooded sweatshirt is a simple, comfortable garment with many variations available today. The typical hooded sweatshirt has an outer shell made of cotton or wool fabric, with a drawstring hood attached to it by stitching or by using a zipper. Inside the hood there are two elastic straps called "cuffs" which can be used to close the sleeves if desired. A single pocket may be located on the chest area of the shirt. Men's versions are also available with the chest pocket being replaced with a button-down collar.
Hoodies come in various weights for different purposes. Lightweight hoodies are commonly used as workout clothes because they are thin and stretchy. Youthful-looking adults can get away with wearing child's hoodies because they give the impression of greater height. Adult-sized hoodies are most often worn by older men who want to appear more intimidating.
There are good reasons why criminals sometimes wear hoods. It prevents them from being identified by cameras and witnesses, which would reduce the chances of being caught.
Wearing a cap or hood inside is considered impolite, unless it is a religious head covering. I'd never seen a pupil with his or her hood pulled up before. I wondered if this was some sort of protest gesture. But then I saw the same student later in the day wearing their hood down as they walked into school. So this habit isn't quite what I thought it was.
I asked my lecturer about this and she said that although not many people do it, some students may put on their hoods as a sign of solidarity or anonymity. She added that some students may also wear their hoods as a distraction if they are feeling depressed or anxious.
Overall, I would say that this is an informal practice that not many students follow these days. However, I have seen some students pull their hoods up as a sign of respect when meeting with the principal or other teachers.