It amazes me how many adults seize on the issue of school uniforms and take a passionate stand in favor of them. It's almost as if they believe that if they can change the way that students look at school, a magical transformation will result in their behavior, study habits, and interpersonal skills. Uniforms are a superficial aspect of school culture and climate, but they are a powerful symbol to the adults associated with the school and for the public.
The topic of school uniforms comes up about every year in our district. The majority of kids are against them, this does not surprise me. However the majority of our parents and staff are also against them. This always leaves me wondering why as a teacher or parent would you be against school uniforms.
Dress is a medium for self-expression. When one has to wear a uniform, this self-expression can find few outlets for itself: wristwatches, eyeglass frames, and other small things that are unobstrusive. These small items become a way of expressing rebellion against authority. So, often the wearing of uniforms is interpreted by students as an effort on the part of the school administration to repress their self-expression--something of paramount importance to teens, especially.
While there are kids that would prefer uniforms, they don't tend to speak up in class discussions about the topic. Students that would prefer uniforms (at least the ones I've talked to) are usually students who don't have the money to keep up with their peers in terms of material items or students who have been made fun of for the ways in which they dress. The argument about school uniforms alleviating social pressure/stress is very valid, but no kid wants to argue it for fear of advertising his/her situation.
I cannot answer for all kids, but this topic is frequently used in my classroom as a tool for the teaching of presuasive writing. If given a choice, not one of my students over the years has ever volunteered to argue in favor of school uniforms. In addition, it is very difficult to solicit well thought out remarks in support of uniforms during class discussion.
I think most of children like dress uniform, although sometime it is not comfortable
i don't care if i have a uniform or not, my blazer if quite smart really, i just think its something we like to moan about, we're children/teenagers and we're very good at it, for instance homework, we do it.....but a loud ripple of groans follow when a teacher says we have some!
Your own personal style should be something you wear, not anything your school gives you. Wearing your own clothes shows your style, personality, and culture. Sometimes the schools make students wear uniforms because boys slack their pants, or girls wear their skirts to short. Uniforms or no uniforms boys are going to slack their parts and girls are going to wear their skirts even shorter.
well i do but theres a teacher in our school who hates anything to do with free dressing