What is a good reason for schools not to require students to wear uniforms?

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kathik | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Some students and teachers feel that when children are required to wear uniforms, their individuality is stifled. Many kids like to pick out the clothes they will wear to school. They like to shop for clothing that fits their particular style. That choice is taken away from them when schools force uniforms on them. Schools should want to have a creative culture where students are encouraged to think for themselves and to be themselves, but requiring uniforms sends the message that everyone is "the same here." Uniforms may not be as big a deal for elementary students, but by the time kids reach middle school, they areĀ  beginning to pay attention to what they like to wear and to what others are wearing. Picking out their own clothes becomes important, and that is not something schools should take away.

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