When I was in grade school, there was not a problem with other kids wanting to beat you up over a pair of shoes or jacket, or ripping your shirt and pants off because they felt you were “teasing” them about their clothes. School was about having fun, hanging out with your friends, but first and foremost getting an education. Now all of a sudden here in the 21st century children decided to start a fashion war in school, which has led to a lot of problems such as bullying, depression, suspension, and the one that no parent wants to hear death.
In light of this situation, the Board of Education decided to make it mandatory (in some states) from kindergarten straight through high school or kindergarten to junior high to wear school uniforms. Now this does not apply to their footwear; however, the concept is to get the children not to dwell what he or she is wearing. Now the big question is, who will be on the end of all the chaos that will arise from the adoption of this rule? Chaos you say, what do you mean by chaos? Not everyone is on board with the idea; furthermore, some parents are abiding by it in order to meets the school’s code of conduct.
Here are some pros and cons that you are probably aware of; however I shared my own perspective so that you can compare your own understanding of the concept.
1. School uniforms save parents money. Who doesn’t like having a few extra dollars in your pocket? The only stress you will get from this is figuring out what colors are appropriate for the school system your child is in, piece of cake.
2. That “morning scramble” will become a breeze. How may times have you wind up taking your child to school in the morning because they could not make up their mind on what to wear? With school uniforms, children will not have to think about what they are wearing and those long hours in the mall waiting for them to try on every outfit known to man will cease to exist when it comes to going back to school.
3. Children whose parents are having financial difficulties will benefit from school uniforms because the children will not feel out of place or different because they do not have the latest trend.
4. Gang related paraphilia will not be an issue with school uniforms. Furthermore, the “baggy” look, which was used for a number of concealing purposes will become obsolete.
5. School is a place of learning and the clothing should depict that concept. With school uniforms, clothing is respectful and conservative and follow the guidelines of the school’s code of conduct.
6. School uniforms also acts as a built-in security device. Since all of the children will be wearing the same clothing, it is easy to spot suspicious people that do not belong in the school.
7. School uniforms will make kids less focus on what he or she is wearing and more focus on completing their class assignments. Appearance can be very stressing, especially for junior high and high school students.
1. School uniforms could be a costly expense for families who live on a fixed budget. In order for uniforms to work in this case, there will be the need of a program to help with assistance.
2. School uniforms will hinder the freedom of expression from a child’s uniqueness. A school primary objective is to educate; however, it is also a place for socialization, where clothes play a role in day to day interactions.
3. In an emergency case, where parents have to evacuate their children, it would be hard to identify him or her if all the children are dressed identical and are in a panic.
4. School uniforms can become boring. The same colors for five days with the absence of variety can become quite depressing.
5. There is nothing worse than a rebellious child. School uniforms may make the children dislike school and their way out could be in a number of ways. How many of you remember the old thermometer over the light bulb trick?
6. How many of you hate doing laundry? With school uniforms you can say goodbye to last minute laundry.
7. Gang related paraphilia may not exist directly, however rival situations can arise between schools because of their uniform colors.
Personally, I think school uniforms are a good fit to the school system. My only concern is, the footwear. I have seen resent cases on the news where kids are getting beat up or held at gun point over a pair of shoes, which is ridiculous. First of all, I do not see going to a shoe store and paying $150 for a pair of shoes. The only thing you are paying for is the endorsement by an athlete. Secondly, I can take that same $150 and buy 5 pairs of shoes. Finally, there is a thin line between being financially stable and being financially incompetent. Therefore I think that the footwear restriction should be a neutral color that ties in with the uniform. Besides, our children have enough to deal with a school such as that math teacher who nobody understands or trying to figure out what is in the “mystery meat” that is served at lunch every Friday. The added confusion of playing “what not to wear” should not be in our children’s top 5 priorities of attending school. I know some parents are thinking “my child can wear what he or she wants”, and I agree. However, inside that realm where education should surpass a pair of DKNY jeans, the results are more negative than positive. Besides, I was always told “just because your child looks alright, doesn’t mean everything is alright.” For those parents who think that the Board of Education is handling this the wrong way, I challenge you to take a minute and look at the long term effects of education.