This time of year is when parents do the bulk of clothes shopping for the children to get them ready for school. Whether you have a child in public school, private school, or homeschool them you have choices to make. Your child’s school may require uniforms and they may lesson the arguments about what your child is allowed to where but then you also have to buy uniforms on top of everyday clothing. This can ease some stress and then add some stress and cost to the equation. Either way most parents, teachers and students would agree that clothing is a subject where a lot of peer pressure comes into play.
School uniform requirements are a hot topic that is much debated. We will just provide a brief section for the pros of uniforms and one for the cons of uniforms.
Pros of School Uniforms:
- Uniforms take the guess work out of setting guidelines of appropriate school attire.
- The students clearly know what is expected of them, there is no room for interpretation.
- Students and parents are less worried about fashion trends and can more readily focus on why they are at school.
- Students appear as equals in every way. This eliminates social classes and cliques. It also keeps any gang related clothing articles out of the school. These things all create a feeling of unity in the school.
- Students are easily identifiable on field trips.
Cons of School Uniforms:
- Students lose their freedom of expression in regards to dress and outward appearance on some level due to uniform requirements.
- Students do not see the real world at school, identifying that we are not all alike or have the same taste but that we can all get along.
- It may not be right to teach conformity in school as a way to avoid problems with each other.
- Students are not able to dress for their body type and so may not look their best in school uniforms that may be unflattering. Especially for teens and tweens, this can be hard on their self esteem.
- Cost – parents may not have the money for new uniforms every time they are needed or when the school changes a uniform requirement. This excludes children which should never happen at school if possible.
- Not allowing children to wear their own clothing will not prevent gangs, clicks or how students choose to express themselves in other ways. With the expression in how they dress taken away, they may find an alternative way that is not much better.
The debate can go on and on about school uniforms or what is appropriate for school dress codes.