Should School require students uniform?I Agree 100% because its form great discipline... tell me some (FOR) POINTS....

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have worked at both uniformed and non-uniformed schools.  It was so nice having uniforms since the pants were required to be on the hips, shirts tucked in, and belts worn.  I never had to look at boxers or thongs hanging out, although some of the young ladies purposely purchased shirts too small so their "girls" could be counted as present as well.  The school admin stood out in the hallways before and after school as well as between classes to check for violations--teachers weren't made to focus entirely on that aspect of the school day.  The school store sold shirts for $10 a piece, and they bought back shirts to be sold on the "As Is" rack when students graduated or transferred.  These clothes were sold at a discount, so it was never an issue for parents to clothe their students.  Any khaki or navy pants, shorts, skirts (no denim) were acceptable as long as the length was appropriate (shorts and skirts were to be no shorter than 2" above the knee).

Hair styles (color had to be "naturally occurring in human nature"), belts, jewelry, shoes and socks were not regulated and could be any color or style.  This is where students expressed individuality.  Of course, there were days when students could pay $1 to wear everyday clothing for fundraisers and we always made a mint on those days.

One of the senior superlatives was "Most Creative Uniform Embellishment".  They didn't seem to mind the uniforms as they always knew what they were wearing.  It made for some good jokes when picture day came around, though.  :)

Our students always looked nice, were focused on academics, and in all four years I worked at that school, there was not one instance of teen pregnancy.  Don't know if uniforms were the reason, but it's an interesting observance.


dunnde eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I teach in a school where dress code is a MAJOR problem. I have seen boys' pants fall all the way to the floor (due to their bagginess) twice this week and I've certainly seen more than my share of cleavage and belly buttons. I'm tired of having to avert my eyes as I speak with a student just because they are "expressing themselves." It is rude and borders on indecent many times. In general, I wouldn't be called a prude, so please take my comments with that in mind.

Anyway, I would love for our kids to wear a basic uniform, like khakis and a polo, but I agree that enforcement would be a nightmare. If we were nice and tried to allow some flesibility by saying the shirt could be any solid color, I guarantee that certain students would always show up in their gang colors. Parents would refuse to buy the clothing requested just because they feel we have no right to decide what their kids  wear. (They often tell us we shouldn't try to tell their kids what to do in school because it is not our business what their children do!) I expect that our referral numbers would skyrocket (at the same time as we are being told that referrals must be cut in half!). Most of the school would be suspended or in ISS on a daily basis.

In my opinion, it isn't the schools, but society that must change. We have to teach children, from a young age, to respect authority. They need to learn that there are times when it is just right to do what you are told. It isn't weakness to comply with someone else's request!

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For several years, my school district had a very strict dress code. It started out as a sort of uniform: students could wear only polo shirts and pants or skirts that were navy blue, hunter green, or khaki. When parents complained that it was a hardship economically and difficult to find the clothing, the school board allowed plain denim jeans and any solid-colored shirt with sleeves and a collar. Our school board and district superintendent mandated that we enforce the dress code or find another job. It got so that the majority of in school suspensions were for dress code violations.

Last semester, the whole thing blew up. During exams, one of our high schools placed over 400 students in ISS, and the teachers had to be responsible for seeing that they got their exams. The school board finally realized that our focus should be on academics and not on what students wear. They revised the dress code to make it more sensible for everyone involved.

I do believe that a uniform creates a sense of professionalism, but our kids have only 18 years to be kids. They have the rest of their lives to be professionals. Let's let them be kids and express themselves while they can be.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Dress codes, uniforms, none of it matters unless it is strictly, unanimously, consistently and uniformly, enforced.

Here is what a uniform does for behavior: it creates a very small and very easy boundary to live inside or outside of.  Those who follow the rules, generally, can be expected to follow other rules.  Those who choose to push this tiny boundary, inevitably will push other bigger boundaries.  When a small boundary is strictly enforced, it deters most delinquints (for lack of a better term) from pushing the bigger boundaries.  When they know the staff/administration cares about the small stuff, they make the logical connection that the big stuff will be enforced as well.

I'm fully in favor of strict dress codes, standard mode of dress... whatever you want to call it.  I'm not in favor of "at-will" nor "discretionary" enforcement.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe clothing helps a student to express his individuality, and I hate the idea of restricting a person's style of dress. For these reasons, I am generally against school uniforms. However, many students abuse school dress codes so regularly and severely (underwear and cleavage showing, for example), that teachers and administrators are forced to spend much of their time dealing with such problems. School uniforms would solve some of these problems, and they would certainly close the gap between the very rich and very poor; but I suppose uniform pants could also be worn to the knees, and uniform blouses could still be unbuttoned down to the navel, so...

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The argument I have heard most often recited in favor of school uniforms is that it brings a level of professionalism into the school setting.  Students might be more open to seeing school as a place of formality and approach it as such.  While stifling, others argue that in an educational setting where there is much in way of lack of focus and a glaring lack of professionalism, school uniforms present an opportunity to being these items back into the school setting.  I have heard this advocated as a potential positive in the advocacy for school uniforms.

teacher2011 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes. Schools who have dress codes but not a uniform requirement know the daily hassles of monitoring that dress code. Determining what is appropriate and inappropriate is sometimes difficult and awkward, especially in cases where the student is of the opposite sex of the teacher.  Additionally, students are passionate and often obstinate when they are told something they are wearing is innappropriate. I reccomend completely removing a daily source of conflict, by implementing a dress code.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a hot topic in many school districts. I think there are very good pros and cons but personally I do not think we should mandate the wearing of uniforms. Children of all ages need to be allowed to express their personality's, one way they do this is in the attire they choose to wear. We should not force children to be more regimented, rather we should promote individual choice. We do not live in a cookie cutter society, we should not press the issue.

lfawley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The major for points, in my opinion, are twofold - first, as others have stated, the uniform is a leveler that takes away socio-economic status determinants. Take away the statements that can be made by clothing and you take away one of the major factors causing dissent in schools.

A second plus for uniforms is that they make it easier for faculty and staff ton identify who is and who is not a student, so it becomes an easy identifying factor.

Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Self-expression is inevitable at all times, unless you want to turn students into robots.  You can't ask students to turn themselves off just because they walk through the school doors. 

At the same time, in schools without uniforms, at least the ones I've taught in, the wealthiest students often dress the sloppiest.  Most wealthy students don't flaunt their wealth.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When a dress code was implemented in my school things changed for the better. No more worries of shirts advertising or saying any messages, no worries about a student getting dressed like a clown and taking the attention away from the students, and most importantly no more worries about the too-short, too-wide-or too much anything.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A major reason for having kids wear uniforms is that it would work to lessen the obvious differences between the rich kids and the poor kids.  The poor kids would not have to be embarrassed about their clothes -- they would look just like everyone else.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Another pro- standard mode of dress largely eliminates the visibility of gang affiliation and therefore helps to reduce (not eliminate) threatening environments.

ik9744 | Student

I'd say no, because it limits the freedom the students.

crystaltu001 | Student

School uniforms are a good thing for schools because some people can't afford nice clothes unlike others. So i think that when wearing uniforms there are no differences between people and everyone is equal. If schools didn't have uniforms then some people would just go crazy with what they wear.

bibika | Student

School uniforms are definetly a good thing for teachers and school staff but what about the students. Maybe get some middle ground and get the kids some uniforms that are funky, match their age and the current fashion trends and get them to cooperate while choosing the uniform for next school year or something, or even set a contest for the students that want to design their own school uniforms. That way pupils will be involved and motivated to express themselves in a positive way and look at the whole uniform thing as a positive matter. Maybe motivate them to design school jewelry, maybe some celtic jewelry detail that will give the uniform some charm and a special look to take them apart from other schools, maybe a school ring. I don't think they are something very expencive or so, but very unique.

ourlittlesecret | Student

Our Dress Code Is Beyod Stupid.We wear all black and are not to take blazers of even in the summer.Because Black Absorbs Heat Were Always Hot Botherd And Tired. School Uniform Is Optional. But If There Going To Make Us Wear It. Thing About Our Education And Health First. Also How Do's Having A Short Tie Effect Our Education?

venuscorp | Student

as my friends mentioned there are many advantage and disadvantage to this rule (it is a rule in my country that all the students of a school should wear the same and all the schools of my country wear according to some standards). In my humble opinion advantages are more to its disadvatages, the unity, and similarity that means you cannot differentiate poor from rich when at first you look for those who pay attention to these are of the most essense.

jmalloy1209 | Student

I don't think school uniforms are necessary at all. I believe the concept of school uniforms only constricts creativity and promotes conformity. This concept is looked at as a form of discipline, but it only creates a window to youthful rebellion stimulated by the dissatisfaction students are feeling by being forced to wear the uniforms. If this idea supposedly contributes to the  which is one of the things that this concept is trying to prevent.

kim-c | Student

I go to a school where uniform is pretty strict. It wasn't like this four years ago but the P&F are creating all these rules like;

We can't wear our sports uniform to school. We have to get to school in our day uniform, then change into our sports uniform. After sports, we'd have to change back into our day uniform again. If a teacher sees you at the front of the school in anything but your day uniform, they will tell you to walk back up to the school to get changed...that's just they way they are...

For other reasons, we are supposed to model our school by wearing the correct uniform. When you've been to a school that wears a uniform your whole life, you don't really think about wearing anything other than your uniform to school. You get this feeling where you think that every other school wears uniforms, but in reality some schools don't:))

nusratfarah | Student

I am willing to give my own reason. all the above posters have given their logic. I'd like to give stress on a point which I believe is a hugely important factor behind creating a  certain dress code in schools.

The reason is, it is the uniform which helps to reduce discrimination at the social and personal level to many extents. Since a school is consisted of students from various classes or status, if a student belongs to comparatively poor class than others, s/he would not feel inferior, because, s/he would come getting clad in the same dress. There would be no scope where the peers would wear fancy dresses and s/he would feel herself or himself different from them.

So, in my opinion, uniform in schools is helpful to abolish social discrimination.

enoteshmalik | Student

well, if to form discipline. i think that its neccesary for schools to require Student uniform...

treedreamer | Student

hmm, overall, i think a uniform is better because you don't have to worry about what to wear every day or competing with others. In a girl's school it could become quite obsessive - where i teach anyway, it would be another way to judge each other. As a teacher, i would like a uniform sometimes - as it is i have two wardrobes - work and play clothes - so it gets expensive and a little personality-splitting!

It is reality - most will enter the mainstream workforce so wearing a uniform is conditioning for reality. As for the self-expression idea - it is 'who' we are that distinguishes and reveals us but i think we all forget that in this image-driven world of ours.

I actually believe, for the most part, that our dress/appearance is a disguise rather than something that reveals who we are (not always of course), so a uniform could be seen as safe in a way.

enoteshmalik | Student

FOR #2) ..i agree with #3 and 4! like it,, yeah school uniform has many benefits but why kids should be given the oppurtunity to express themselves in school?? they come to school for studying or expressing themselves and talking, laughing and playing??uniform maintains equality and its also safer for school students to wear the uniform... kids come to school to learn and to be discipilned nor for expressing themselves... they should better express themselves in parties,home and in colored dresses functions in schools,,,

krishna-agrawala | Student

I am not clear about the stand taken by Bullgatortail in post#2. Is he opposing school uniform, saying that the school uniforms should be as specified by him.

I agree with the the point made by Pohnpei about role of uniforms in lessening the obvious differences between students. This is important for two reasons. It reduces the psychological ill effects of cultural, social, and financial disparities. This is very important for young boys and girls who are particularly vulnerable to these things. Also, while expression of individuality is good, developing students in to good individual is more important. Uniforms in schools emphasizes among students the importance of basic character, over external visible aspects of individuality such as the clothes.