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;
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
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
Most schools around the world have kids wearing uniforms. I am 100% in support of uniforms because I dont want my child being unique at school. If they want to stand out then win the spelling bee or get an A. They are there to learn and being in a uniform put them in the right frame of mind.42283
Our school started Uniforms 2 years ago and I have to tell you its the best thing that could have happened to our schools. Kids are worried about what little Johnnie is wearing because its the same as little Joey.
The BOE thought there would be some resistant but everyone was surprised when on the 1st day of school 98% of the kids were in uniforms.
I think uniforms are a good thing, and if I had to vote on it in the future I would diffently say YES.42282
In public schools dress codes are not followed by many children or neither by the school as well. Always when I drop off my teenager daughter I see many kids wearing clothes very inappropriate to wear at school. With uniforms, parents don't have to worry about this. Everybody is wearing the same thing and not trying to call the attention of anyone by the way they dress. My daughter goes to a public school but she only wears what it is approved by me and I know that some parents are this way too. When my daughter sees someone dress in a special way, she even feels scared to even get close to that other kid, she thinks they belong to a gang or to a particular group. Not talking only about the kids dressed this way but also girls wearing really short skirts to school, looking very provocative which can attract other kind people if you know what I mean.42280
What, so the won't grow up to be functional adults if they have to wear uniforms? My only issue is when a school, like mine (public) lets so many families opt out of the code that half the kids are wearing uniforms and half aren't. I just think it makes life easier while they're young. School is supposed to be for learning. It's not like they can't have fun on the playground just because they're wearing a uniform. The other thing that gets me is that some of the teachers need a primer on professional dress. The kids wear uniforms, but a teacher can come to work in t-shirt, jeans and flip flops????? Sigh.......42279
My youngest son is in kindergarten and he wears a uniform. There is no fuss about what to wear. It is normal for all to wear the uniform so everyone fits in. As far as personality do you really believe a persons personality is based on what they wear? Self esteem maybe but not personality! At my son's school they had pajama day another parent told me how excited her son was about seeing what my son was going to wear because he's a cool kid! Not based on clothing but personality! My son is in the highest math and highest reading group, wears glasses, is missing a front tooth and wears uniforms. None of these things would spell cool kid back in my day! The uniforms are less expensive, don't go out of style and the kids look neat, clean and are well behaved. They also use repectful salutes MS. and MR. It is a charter school that tops the test scores of public schools and I would not change a thing!42278
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