Dear Annie: The principal of the school where I teach has some big tattoos on her neck. She says they are Chinese symbols for “good fortune.” I think they look trashy. I don't mind tattoos, but I don't think large markings on one's hands and neck are appropriate for school. They don't convey authority, and I have a hard time taking orders from her.
The last time she entered my classroom, she pointed to a poster listing class rules and said she didn't like that it had torn edges. I gently said, “I'm sorry, but I've been preoccupied with my students' reading skills, math and grammar, so the torn edges will have to wait a bit.” She left the classroom looking uncomfortable.