Just came across this old thread doing research for a soon-to-be proposal from our principal, who wants to go uniform for next year at our elementary school.
My question is what about developing individual style? I live the phrase "dress for success" as a public relations person. But are we really teaching kids to do that if we hand them something and say "here, put this on?" I have weekly battles with my daughter about clothing, and I'm fine with that. She and I are supposed to be having those conversations at this age so she knows what's appropriate and what's not.
And since we're a suburban elementary, there isn't a great disparity between haves and have nots, no gang issues, etc. that are usually used as a pro-uniform argument. Any thoughts? I'm honestly just trying to wrap my head around pros and cons.81173
You have your head accurately around the issues as I see them. I've been very much against uniforms through 20 years and two kids.
I've seen far too many comments over the years from parents where the school becomes all about policing uniforms and not about teaching. For me, individual style isn't that important--it's about cost (the only people getting ahead are the uniform companies) and inconvenience.
But I did send my daughter to a performing arts academy, and they are adamant about no uniforms so that the kids can maintain their individuality. What's interesting in my area, is the highest performing schools do not have a uniform policy. Dress codes, yes, but not a strict uniform.
Good luck with your decision, and let us know what happens.81184
Long Beach Unified is pretty strict about their dress code. For example, navy blue bottoms and a solid color polo shirt. My son's school is Navy blue bottoms, no jeans, and a solid white polo shirt. Its kinda boring, in my opinion, to see his closet filled with 5 white polo shirts and 5 pairs of blue pants. But since the whole school wears the same thing my son doesn't really think anything about it. Its the way its been for years for him, from Kindergarten through Middle School. Below is the link to Long Beach's Unified website in regards to it;
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