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Are you in favor of mandating students to wear polo shirts and khaki pants?

Wearing school uniforms in public schools is becoming more common. The thought behind this decision is varied—some feel that students should be dressed for success and school isn’t about the latest fashion style. There is also the idea that gang associations couldn’t be expressed through clothing. Plus, inappropriate attire (such as spaghetti straps and low-riding pants) would no longer be on the table.

On the one hand, if every student dressed alike, the playing field would be leveled and bullying over one's clothes would be hindered. Such a change may also help children with body image issues by lowering their anxiety. Plus, the economic difference among students might be better shielded.

On the other hand, if a bully is going to bully they will probably find a way—he or she may pick on the hairstyle, the shoes, or the book bag. And children usually don’t spend every minute in their school clothes, so body image issues can still apply. Implementing the school uniform rule does take away the child’s personal expression and the freedom to choose what they want to wear. And parents have to be able to afford the uniforms. However, the idea of having different outfits for different seasons is negated—that could be a cost saver.

I spoke with one mom of a first grader who is all in favor of the policy. “I think school uniforms bring a sense of equality and community," she says. "In my case, my son feels really proud to wear his school’s logo on his shirt.”

I also spoke with an 11-year-old sixth grader and here is what she had to say: “I like to have my own style. Uniforms are just so ‘blah.'” Expected, right?

If she was required to wear a uniform then it might take away a fundamental part of growing up and making her own decisions. She might get bored instead of enjoying the task of laying out her clothes the night before or waking up to choose what outfit she will get to wear.

See how one school is planning for the transition to school uniforms.

Is this an issue that is debated in your school district? Let us know what you think.

Comments (5)

  • Norma Fay

    Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I can see both sides. However, I like the idea of School
    Uniforms because they make life a lot easier in the morning and they are inexpensive. My kids wear uniforms and we got great deals on them at Burlington. They have really made a good impact on our lives and are definitely worthwhile.

  • Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Yes, every student should must wear a school uniform in school. School uniform is provide an identity to student and boost school spirit in them.

  • Ashley Kim

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

    As a student, I know what most kids think of uniforms. And as a parent, you might think you know best for your kids. Well, you kind of don't. If you are required a uniform at a very young age, kids think that they have a certain limit to all clothes. They don't have freedom to clothes. They should be able to show their creativity.

  • Valentina

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Hi I'm a 11 year old and I think the same think the same thing as the other girl because uniforms don't let us show who we really are and we can't express our selfs

  • Eleanor R

    Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 4:24 am

    I wore a school uniform for my entire school life and I am pleased about that! On days where we could wear our own clothes to school I had no idea what to wear and thought that everyone wearing different clothes looked ugly and not smart. I think that wearing a uniform also helps students feel like a bigger part of the school community and there is no bullying over what clothes you like to wear because everyone is wearing the same thing.