Uniforms!

United States
July 16, 2007 12:00pm CST
well once again I am about to start trdging about town in an attempt to get proper supplies/ clothing for the kids school year. And, okay okay lay off already I get all the reasons why schoold are going to uniforms. Although in truth I can still tell which ones come from discount stores and which ones come from High falutin department stores, so I think that is a mute point. My complaint is that I don't find them less expensive than other clothing. And I lament the ability to express onesself thru mode of dress. ( okay, I know they can do it after school, but my kids don't get dropped at the mall to prance about and possible get into trouble. Last I checked they were still kids, with an developed senses of good, eveil, danger and just plain stupid acts of idiocy, despite numerous lectures on my part) where I live they even want to dicatate what color hair bows my girl can wear. She by the way does not understand why she can not wear her favorite yellow butterfly dress that I made for her to school. "but, it's pretty isn't it Mommy? When I was a kid we had a dressd code that had to be abided by, but within those boudaries we were allowed to express, say a preference for purple polo shirts without fear of in school suspension. At what point did we become clothing nazis and insist that our children become little carbon copies of each other? Does not free expression count for anything anymore. Are all creative endeavors to be crushed beneath the mantle of school administrators fears of gangs, violence and law suits. And shame on the public for contributing to these problems by not monitoring the behavior and actions of their children until they are of an age to make informed decisions and for sueing everyone at the drop of hat in order to "get rich" and denying future generations of the ability to play cops and robbers, or cowboys and indians. "And yes, sweetie, Mommy thinks your dress is pretty"
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I am so very against school uniforms! I agree that kids need boundarys and should learn how to dress respectably. it is life. We are trying to teach our kids to be individuals and not run with the crowd and yet we give them uniforms so they can all look alike?? Rather than push them all to be alike in hopes of avoiding violence and discrimination...i say we put our efforts into teaching them tolerance of each others differences! Tonite a large group of teens found themselves to my house. Oh my lord what a diverce bunch of kids. one kid stood about 4 feet tall with long scruffy hair and baggy clothes. Another had hair up to there in a green mohawk with so many piercings i was afraid he'd be attacked by the magnets on my frig. I was quite surprised as my daughter is very clean cut and very beautiful. At one point they got very loud I got concerned about the neighbors who were obviously looking over at us. I asked them to please simmer down and be more considerate. One popped up and said...you think we are freaks don't you? I said ,"yes, I do think your hair and dress is a bit freakish but I am not concerned about your appearance , I care only that you have respect for me and my neighbors! He bowed his head and appologized. no problem after that. sweetest kids you can imagine. I was very proud of my daughter for not discriminating against any of them based on their appearance! Don't judge a book by its cover and dont cover the dam book!
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• United States
17 Jul 07
Sounds like a group I'd enjoy getting to know. I'm proud of your daughter also. I have always had a diverse range of friens, from age to social status. I have learned much from each group and respect loyalty above looks or economic standing. Diversity to me is a breeding ground for creativety and forward thinking.
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
17 Jul 07
couldn't have said it better myself!
17 Jul 07
I agree that school uniforms are actually more expensive than other clothes in the shops. I think that children should be able to express themselves through their clothes and it doesn't cause more bullying as you are right and you can tell who is wearing cheap uniform. I think that it is just a way of school enforcing more discaplin on the children by getting them to lose their personallity an d forcing them to just be 'one of the crowd'. It is a reflection of how the world is trying to make a population of automotons who do what they are told with no room for free thinking.
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• United States
17 Jul 07
Yes it does all sound very 1985ish don't yolu think. I just can't make myself feel that making everything and evry one the same is a good concept
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
16 Jul 07
I agree about dressing for self expression. Fortunately I homeschool so we do not deal in these politics. Not sure where you are but the school system near here helps families to buy the uniforms necessary when they are lower income. I would have bought the pens pencils, papers and undies etc over the summer and been ready to just buy the uniform the best I could given I would be in the similar circumstance. Children have been left to grow on their own with 2 parents working and the kids doing their thing until someone got home. Not all were bad but enough. Also the lack of corporal punishment has helped the kids to be less responsible and freer in the disobeyance arena. I do not envy you and wish you much luck in getting ready for school this year.
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• United States
16 Jul 07
I wish homeschooling was an option for us, but right now it just isn't. Maybe in the future. I do work with my five year old alomost everynight and he is going to be reading and writing before he hits kindergarten. I hope that he will qualify for the accelerated learning curriculum, because he does not do well in severely structured environs. Guess we'll see.
• United States
16 Jul 07
i know it's inconvenient not just for the student but for the parents when a child has to wear a uniform but the kids have brought it on themselves.. Children are constantly being bullied because they can't afford the fashionable clothes and not to mention there's the gang colors thing and also the way teen girls are dressing so trashy now a days.I think their safety is more important than their freedom to express themselves. and you are right.shame on the parents for not monitoring their children's behavior because they are the reason that school uniforms are being worn
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• United States
16 Jul 07
It frustrates me, because I see so many beautiful and not trashy clothes that my kids could wear, but our budget just won't support two totally different wardrobes during the school year, so we have to settle for a few nice pieces and thier uniforms. I had so many neat clothes when I was young that it saddens me.