I personally like uniforms much better. When I was in school we were not required to wear uniforms and it really could be distracting sometimes. If a I or another girl wore something provocative or a boy came to school with something out of the ordinary on his shirt if definitely drew peoples attention. My son wears uniforms and in the long run it's easier on your wallet and it keeps children who aren't as privileged to buy designer labels from being discriminated against. I know my 1st grader is concentrating on his work and not who has the better spider-man (the black or red one) on his shoes.14053
I can see both sides: Uniforms would lessen some of the peer pressure to fit in, but kids also need a means of expressing themself & having their own identity. I've had no personal experience with uniforms, but would like to see if it really changes things with the kids' perceptions of each other.14052
My daughter spent 2 yrs in a school with uniforms. IT SUCKS. Young ladies look like little boys. Both sexes complain that the clothes are uncomfortable. It does not teach them anything about how to dress themselves or cope with the real world. It is way more expensive. Not all areas have stores that carry uniform attire, or they may only carry the wrong color/cut. It is a HUGE hassle. Even in uniforms, kids will find ways to be "distracted" in the classroom. Uniforms do not change the basic characteristic behaviors of pre/teen youths.14050
I agree there have been times when I have struggled to find the correct color,cut, and size. If you do price comparison and research you can find the clothes at and at very good prices. Of course children will find other ways to get "distracted" in class kids will be kids. I do not think however, that anyone can name a bigger distraction than clothing or lack of it. I do not really see how dressing in a uniform for school keeps children from learning about reality. They change into whatever they want when they leave school. Uniforms in my opinion are about proper attire for the environment your in and creating a stress free environment for the students. If someones son/daughter wants to dress a certain way their are more than free to express themselves when they leave the school.14049
I have to disagree with Sobazarth; "If you do price comparison and research you can find the clothes at very good prices". Sure, you can find great deals on just about everything, but that does not suddenly make Uniforms a better option.
I am a very thrifty shopper and use every saving method my grandmother (who survived the great depression) has taught me. I was constantly in a bad situation with the search for suitable uniforms for my daughter. Children grow FAST and uniforms are NOT cheep. Despite the stain resistant qualities of uniforms you have glue, paint, scissors, playgrounds, and other children to contend with. Uniforms in our area ran on the low end (thrift store) an average of $5 each item and new at rates of $14 and up - but the availability of these items was limited (August at Sears & JCPenny) and irregular (Thrift stores/garage sales). I can buy Gap or Hilfiger outfits for my child for similar prices to what we paid for uniforms. BTW Uniforms also come in styles/trim etc that change and can become a source of social stratification as easily as any name branding.
At the school my child went to there came points in time the principal had to make an exception to allow "similar" items for several students. The school eventually had to resort to a "community swap" bin last year because so many kids could not afford or find the proper uniform. I found the board members who wanted the uniforms were NOT the ones who needed to budget for clothing.
So when you have to buy twice the clothes, run twice the laundry, and replace everything at a similar rate due to growth and typical wear&tear... it kills a very tight budget. The idea of being a savings for the "poor" is a knee jerk type idea that needs deeper examination.
IMHO the best option is a strict code of dress14048
I wish my children's school would require uniforms. I've taught in a school that required them. Test scores went up, discipline problems in the school went down. The kids hated them, but they succeded in school much better with them.
The uniform was a red polo shirt with kakhi or navy bottoms.(Shorts, skorts, skirts, or slacks) The real issue we faced was a belt was required to keep the slacks in the right place.
Affording the clothes was not a problem in the school even though it was the poorest school in an inner city district.
I would have gladly followed the same code had I been allowed.14046
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