School Uniforms Vs Jeans

I know for some people, kids wearing school uniforms is an alien concept. Many of my friends in the US wouldn't dream of giving their kids a set style of clothing to wear to school (frankly, the kids wouldn't allow it). However, in my childhood, I wore a uniform to school in my native South America. We were dirt poor, but I went to the poshest secondary (high) school, because I was a little whiz kid and came first in the entrance exams they made us all take. (It's been downhill ever since :-) We were set aside in a manner of speaking, because we were the only high school students in the county who wore neck ties.

kids in school uniforms
I'm reminded of this topic because I recently read a newsletter from my daughter's school, discussing the matter of changing the uniform to something more formal/casual depending on the parents' take on the matter. I'm all for wearing uniforms. Frankly, I don't understand why they need to be changed or gotten rid of. This debate has never occurred over nurses uniforms. Everyone expects to see a nurse wearing her/his uniform instead of a casual T-shirt with some random band plastered in front, and jeans or shorts. I think uniforms represent order and camaraderie. No student can outwardly feel better than another simply because they're wearing more expensive/better brand name clothes or shoes. We all know students already have enough ways of making their peers feel small. I don't think clothes should be one of them.

Uniforms also go some way to keeping students dressed decently. They find ways of making their skirts shorter or trousers tighter, but at least they know there is one thing they can't fight - wearing their uniforms. We were always told that our uniforms made us liable to the school in terms of how we behaved in the street. I didn't understand this when I was a child, but I know now that this is true. I live near two schools and can always identify which school is better at controlling disruptive behaviour, by the way their students (easily identified by their uniforms) behave in the street on the way to/from school.

What do you think? Are you pro or against uniforms?  


♥~Judy~♥ May 25, 2011 at 3:33 AM  

Anne, I love the idea of uniforms for many reasons. One is because children are cruel to one another if their parents cannot afford name brand clothes. I was virtually a single parent raising 4 children alone. My oldest son was taunted unmercifully.

Another reason is because peer pressure will sometimes make children push the limits and wear clothing that is provocative, making school less academic and more like a singles party.

Keats The Sunshine Girl May 25, 2011 at 5:53 AM  

I agree with all the reasons you've given. If it is to give kids more 'freedom',this is not the one! The same goes for a badge for an organisation. Wear it, be proud of it.
Thanks very much for your kind comments on my blog.

Icy BC May 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

I'm completely agree with all your point here, Anne. I like uniform, and wore uniform when I was younger. Less pressure on everyone, and less cruelty on the tease.

Our school did a survey, but it didn't survive the first round.

Anne Lyken-Garner May 25, 2011 at 2:12 PM  

Thanks, guys. I see we all agree that uniforms are an advantage rather than a negative thing.

DoanLegacy May 25, 2011 at 2:25 PM  

When we were still in VN, uniform was the way for us, and I like how it looks in the school yard.

Many Catholic schools here, in the US, also have this practice, which is great in my opinion!

Self Sagacity May 28, 2011 at 4:07 AM  

I love uniforms, and I can't wait until to put T in a uniform. I can live without spending time thinking about what to wear for me AND T. :-)
You're right, uniform is more of an advantage.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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