Arizona City, Arizona
August 12, 2019 8:50pm CST
Why do schools force us to wear uniforms why are we not allowed to express ourselves i mean what was the point of wearing the same clothes everyday for 6 years i simply never understood their reasons. i remember everyday i had to check for a clean uniform every single day was it clean. Did it need washing. Did i even know where i had left it at and thats not all tucking in your shirt was also something i didnt really like. and even after reaching high school when the uniforms were finally a part of the past they still told you how to dress like dont wear this or that dont wear that either we had no freedom in how we dressed they controlled our closet
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Most of the world uses school uniforms. It has a certain leveling effect; you can't really tell who is rich and who is poor if you are all in a uniform. (My international school doesn't have them and is very unusual. A lot of kids wish we did have them.)
• United States
Even when you got out of school and got a job, some employers would tell you how to dress. Some employers had uniforms that you were to wear daily. Or if you went into the military you were to wear uniforms daily. It was to give you a sense of unity and togetherness. That way it cut down on the fights and bitterness between students and later between the adults. The schools I went to didn't require uniforms but they did have dress codes and the students were expected to follow them to the letter. If you didn't you were sent home to change into clothing that followed the code. I never got sent home to change (both my parents worked so if I wasn't going to follow the code I took a change of clothes with me to school). A lot of students didn't follow the dress code and never got sent home to change while a couple of others always got caught and got sent home. It depended on it they were favorites of the principal or not. Like you said, the people with the money were the ones with the best clothes and were the ones who showed off their clothes the most.
• United Kingdom
I think uniforms have their advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage is that they can be so expensive. Some are quite uncomfortable. On the other hand, it helps to give a sense of order, to identify pupils from a particular school - such as during school trips/in case someone gets lost. It is also said to help combat issues of fashion and status. That is to say a uniform means that pupils should not be competing to wear the latest clothing (although there can still be an issue if some children have name brand shoes while others have hand-me-downs). I think there should be some rules regarding what people wear to school but I don't necessarily think it should be a dictated uniform. School colours and, if on an outing, a badge or something to identify the school. Then there should, perhaps, be some stipulation as to the types of appropriate attire as there would be for a work environment. Saying that, it's probably just easier to decide on a uniform.
• United States
There are a couple of reasons I have heard. One is that people are not reminded of the divide between people who have lots of money and those that do not. Another is that it gets around people wearing colors that represent certain gangs, red for one blue for another. (This was in Los Angeles) someone could get shot wearing the wrong color walking through some neighborhoods.