Should school uniforms be mandatory?

@bonbon664 (3470)
Canada
September 13, 2007 1:58pm CST
I think school uniforms would actually make our schools safer. You could quickly identify is a student didn't belong there. What do you think about school uniforms?
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
13 Sep 07
I think school uniforms should be mandatory. It sure would help cut down the cost of school clothes shopping. My daughter wanted all Bobby Jack clothing to start school. Due to the cost of these items she was sadly disappointed. We bought her one Bobby Jack outfit and the rest of her clothes from wal-mart.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
13 Sep 07
yes i totally agree. although there a large outlay at the beginning of the year, i think it is a good idea. firstly it gets rid of competition between kids on what they are wearing and it totally makes the kids safer because they know who the intruders are!
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• United States
13 Sep 07
I'm kind of against school uniforms, but in a way, I'm kind of for them. I mean, for one, it really stops kids from being able to exclude other children because of how they dress. Everyone would be wearing the same thing. Parents wouldn't have to worry about spending huge amounts of money on school clothes either. Plus, it could cut down on the amount of teens that are sent home for wearing inappropriate clothing. However, I'm not a fool and I know that kids would still find a reason not to like some kids, because of how they 'wear' their uniforms and what not, so I know there is never a happy medium for that sort of thing which makes me feel like uniforms are just a waste of time and are nothing but a big frustration.
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@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
13 Sep 07
I have mixed feelings about the whole uniform thing. I understand the basic feelings behind the support, but at the same time I think it's utter crap =P It all depends on the guidelines of the uniform if it would make it any safer or make 'out of place' students stand out. At my highschool, the uniform is simply black pants/plaid skirt & white polo shirt for the girls, and grey shorts & a light blue polo shirt for boys. It's very ambiguous, and many kids were still getting bullied for the shade/style/cut of their clothes, although they were all basically in the same thing. I used to even get bullied by the teachers because I had black pants with 'pockets in the wrong places'(cargo-style pants with pockets just past the knee), or the 'wrong shoes' (some white sneakers). That spectrum also allowed for any outside teens to come into the school unrecognised in 'uniform', although we never had any serious incidents arise from this.. So I guess it all depends on the uniform. Private Schools generally have a more defined uniform, and are usually only purchased from certain areas, but they're also more expensive. If there could ever be a happy medium, it would be wonderful, but at the same time: In the 'real world', we don't get to decide what others wear, and we will be exposed to many different people and appearances. If the uniform is also an attempt to quench individuality, I want nothing to do with it. And in the end, do we really have a say?
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
13 Sep 07
also: Shouldn't the main focus be on promoting an individuals individuality, and their education and learning, rather than making everyone look the same first? My school principle once wrote in the newsletter: (and I paraphrase) "We and the community cannot focus on the academic achievements until we have all the children looking the same". WTF?
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
13 Sep 07
I don't think it quelches anybodys individuality. As it stands now, students can't wear any t shirts or sweat shirts with anything on the front that can be considered offensive to anyone. Students have the whole rest of their day to wear whatever they like. They are already very restricted about what they can wear, so, I figure to alleviate any questions about what to wear, a uniform would solve a lot of issues.
• United States
13 Sep 07
I agree, that school uniforms would help solve alot of problems including the one you mentioned. I think they should be comfortable and not too dressy. I definately dont think girls should be made to wear skirts or dresses for instance.
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
13 Sep 07
The uniform proposed here would require the girls to wear slacks. No skirts or dresses required.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
26 Sep 07
I think it would be a great idea. It would also solve the problem that some schools have with kids beating up other kids for their clothes or shoes. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
18 Sep 07
They should make them mandatory! "But Pro, you are such a dictator! What about free expression!?" That only truly counts when the kids turn 18. For now, they should learn things like discipline, order and how a basic dress code works. The guys should not be wearing their jeans and shorts below their knees. They shouldn't be wearing dirty tanktops with fake bling. They shouldn't be wearing 3 dew rags with 2 baseball caps. The girls shouldn't be wearing something smaller than some of my washrags. The girls shouldn't be wearing something that comes up above the rear. I'm all for them wearing whatever on the weekends, but they have to learn that they cannot dress and act like they've got no sense. It shouldn't work in school and it definitely doesn't work in the professional world.
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
15 Sep 07
Yeah your right It is torecognize that the children is from that school and to be safe if some one is missing they can easily recognize it.
• Philippines
14 Sep 07
Hi there, well School Uniforms really helps to identify if a person is a student and not allowed to enter such places like malls, gamer zone, during the school hours. Have a nice day ahead from Kiko and happy posting and earning here in MyLot and Godspeed!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
14 Sep 07
I have always been very pro school uniforms for a number of reasons, firstly it stops bullying which is very important to me because if children were able to wear what they like could you imagine a child that turns up in NON designer label gear? Or families who couldn't afford to keep up with fashion. It also stops bad behaviour because children with uniform can be easily identifiable and the school can be informed if a child is behaving badly in public. And yes it can also make children safer.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
14 Sep 07
Not only does having school uniforms have the potential of making a school safer as the uniform would identify where the student is from, but I think there would be a lot less competition between kids to compete with each other as far as "fashion" trends that kids seem to think they HAVE to have in order to be "with" it--Of course the down side to uniforms is that they aren't exactly inexpensive from what I've heard--probably more than regular clothes
@cmsk2005 (1770)
• United States
13 Sep 07
I love to have this rule as in my thought this is a kind of discipline for the students. Also I agree with you, it helps us to know about the students who belongs to which school, a kind of the identification of the brand name of te school. School uniform lokks good to specially on some gathering
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
13 Sep 07
I think that school uniforms would be good in one way. There wouldn't be a popularity contest for the best clothes. But on the other hand, it would take away our children's individuality. But they are only in scjhool for so many hours a day. There is time for them to develop individuality after school. So, I guess I'd vote for school uniforms.