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Posted 7/9/11
I had to wear uniforms all my middle school life.
I hate them, its only destroying the creativity we have.
Plus how strict the school dress policy is today.
I wore off the shoulder shirt and they told me I couldn't expose my shoulders?
Wtf is up with that?
Its like the olden days when showing your ankles was slutty.
Posted 7/20/11
I went to school in the Philippines until now. I didn't have any problem with it. In fact, I like wearing it. I made me feel like all the students around me were equal. Now, since I'm in the US, I feel frustrated that the school I go to doesn't have any uniform. I even thought of going back to the Philippines.
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Posted 7/21/11
I had to wear school uniforms once. I hated it with everything inside me.
By wearing uniforms you simply state that you accept to conform to whatever is given to you. It may be a small feat but that doesn't matter. Uniforms lack creativity and that is something that is being stressed less and less each year. My main point in this is that creativity lacks in this decade and may lack in the future. To wear a uniform means that you do not get to express creativity by the way that you dress which means you do not get to express your personality. Therefore the school system has made you a robot. You have conformed to let the school "think" for you.

That is wrong. All humans have free will and with that free will we must be able to wear whatever we like regardless of how "trashy" you may look. Why? Because you are expressing how you represent yourself. Not your parents, yourself!

If the world would simply have an open mind and stop trying to push so much rules about meaningless things such as the things we wear and instead push harder on academic excellence then maybe we wouldn't have such a huge economic crisis, especially in America.

I live in the United States so I will base my point of view from where I live.

For example: If school systems cared more about things academically than what the student wears then they could push a whole lot more into that student. The student could then use his/her judgment to decide whether or not what he/she is wearing is right. The other thing is that the student could then use his/her creativity and wear something based off their personality.

Let's say this person was able to express their personality and creativity to his/her full extent. 10 years have passed and this person has worked at a company for 5 years now. The company is having financial issues and they have to close down the business in his/her location. He/she is now unemployed. Because of the school that pushed for that student to express their personality and creativity to his/her full extent. He/she can create a plan that they can effectively find another job and survive. IF that school didn't let the student express themselves then that person may or may not be able to utilize a plan to effectively find a job.

Small choices like this can be the fine line from creating an effective individual. Well in my opinion it does.
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Posted 7/21/11
i like them
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Posted 7/27/11 , edited 7/27/11
The problems with school uniforms isn't in the message it is trying to provide, but in the manner it is providing this message. (Forcing people to dress the same is a bit - meh.)

The whole purpose of school uniforms is to prevent individuals from 'standing out' for physical/visual reasons (which are the wrong reasons). This is done in hopes to promote individualism in the mind over the purely visual/physical. Far too often has society placed more favorable attitude towards the "attractive" or the "visually wealthy"; this promotes biased behavior and opinions, whether subconsciously or not, among the people around this individual. This is what animals do - they go for the "attractive" (not always in the physical sense necessarily within the animal kingdom) and let the "unattractive" rot away. Humans are better than this - unlike animal we posses a sophisticated level of cognitive schema that SHOULD (note 'should" since not every individual does) be able to overcome the gimmicks produced by our eyes and hormones.

As I write this, sipping on my single malt whiskey and turn on the TV, I some asshole trying to prove that "he/she is something" under the premise of some worthless value that doesn't accelerate humanity's development.
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Posted 7/27/11

makix wrote:

The problems with school uniforms isn't in the message it is trying to provide, but in the manner it is providing this message. (Forcing people to dress the same is a bit - meh.)

The whole purpose of school uniforms is to prevent individuals from 'standing out' for physical/visual reasons (which are the wrong reasons). This is done in hopes to promote individualism in the mind over the purely visual/physical. Far too often has society placed more favorable attitude towards the "attractive" or the "visually wealthy"; this promotes biased behavior and opinions, whether subconsciously or not, among the people around this individual. This is what animals do - they go for the "attractive" (not always in the physical sense necessarily within the animal kingdom) and let the "unattractive" rot away. Humans are better than this - unlike animal we posses a sophisticated level of cognitive schema that SHOULD (note 'should" since not every individual does) be able to overcome the gimmicks produced by our eyes and hormones.

As I write this, sipping on my single malt whiskey and turn on the TV, I some asshole trying to prove that "he/she is something" under the premise of some worthless value that doesn't accelerate humanity's development.


I had to quote because at the time I am writing this I am also imbibing whiskey (although it's a bourbon). I've had to wear a uniform for most of my life, in school and while at work, wearing a uniform does more than just prevent individuals from standing out. Donning a uniform can cause an individual to identify with the collective, the individual might recognize they are part of a community that extends beyond the individual self. A uniform isn't necessary for this, however it is easier because of how people respond to symbols. Although the OP was referring to school uniforms, uniforms can make an individual stand out. Think of your local police officer, or even store clerk, and how you react to a person wearing those clothes or badge in different situations. Is it the same as a person dressed in everyday clothes? Symbols are important more so than many people realize.
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Posted 8/21/11
i think its neat and clean when we all wear uniforms...
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I never was supportive of school uniforms and/or a strict dress code. School districts in the deep, southern U.S. seem to enjoy enforcing these policies. I went as far as creating a petition to get rid of them at my school, it didn't work. Uniforms belong in private schools.

Careful now, don't walk around with your shirt un-tucked, don't forget the belt, don't wear any tennis shoes.. don't wear anything with a logo, it just goes on and on and on. When I was still in HS, I'd see people walk back from the principal's office daily with referrals all dealing with dress code.

I was always a good student. Never got into any fights, I stayed quiet, and I minded my own business. My grades weren't always perfect but that's not the point. I've been suspended a couple of times for accidentally being out of dress code or having to wear something alternate because I'd be out of clean clothes at the time (hooray for coming from a poor family).

I also believe a strict dress code limits freedom of speech and expressing yourself. My town pretty much has no real hangout for young people, so I have no idea where to get a fashion sense... except, maybe the internet. I honestly get sick and tired of seeing a bunch of people wear the same clothes day after day AFTER DAY. People may see this as a childish opinion, but I, myself, and hundreds of other families were against this policy while the district was trying to pass it. They didn't care.

When I questioned my high school principal (who is now the superintendent.. the prick) about why the uniforms are in place, he stated that too many people were walking around with questionable clothing and people with their pants hanging down too low, etc, thug style.

After getting out of HS, words could not describe how excited I was when it came to college. It was nice seeing everyone look different for a change. Everyone also seemed happier and there was a much bigger diversity.. but that's another story.
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Posted 9/24/11
To be honest, I like them. LOL
I dont have to worry about which clothes to wear everyday or instead of buying new clothes, you can buy other things that you want.
That just me anyway
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Posted 9/25/11
I can't imagine that it would matter much one way or the other. I don't remember clothes having much significance at all (though I grew up when you could not be a cool guy if your boxers weren't visible ). The students will probably have to wear uniforms for their first couple of jobs anyway, so they might as well get used to it.
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Posted 9/26/11
here it's mandatory. no choice whatsoever so no point in arguing when you won't be able to gain anything from it.
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Posted 9/30/11
No uniforms in our university. I kind of miss the khaki phants and white polo uniform with the school logo.
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Posted 3/11/12
I've gone to private school my whole life...uniforms my whole life.

My uniform situation all these years:
At first it was simple stuff like the stuff they had at Gap, khakis, navy blue, colored polo shirts, choice of jacket for first-2nd.

Then at my next school we had dennis uniforms...jumpers (a dress skirt thing like overall but doesn't hook in and comes up practically to the neck) with a blouse underneath, knee high blue socks and a sweater or sweatshirt(the ones w/out a hood or pockets, into all those years we couldn't wear our choice of shoe anymore but black, navy, brown tan or white. In sixth (still at same school but different uniform for 6th-8th we could wear a skirt with a polo and regular sweatshirts again with knee-high socks.

Going into seventh I came to my high school (we have 7th-12th) we have a polo or blouse with a skirt, shorts, or pants choice of cardigan, pull over sweater, blazer, or sweatshirt(no hood or pockets) or once you earn all the points you can get a letter-girl(a letterman jacket but it's an all girls school) or an activity letter(letterman but with same type of sleeves at the front and back of the jacket) jacket. Then we have a scarf we can wear or our own. Then only white shoes and socks and socks Must be at least 1" tall so they can fold down and white shoes only that are required to have laces. Seniors get their ordered sweatshirts(hoods and all) any color socks and black socks with two different shirt color options and a different color for pants and shorts. We can't wear hats or have "extreme" hairstyles such as unnatural hair colors. On 'jeans days' we have to wear one object of jean material with shoulders covered. And shorts/skirts we wear ever MUST be no higher then 2" above the knee.

My take on uniforms:
I love not having to get up and choose an outfit. Of knowing everyday what I'm going to wear. But they get cold because hardly anyone wears anything other than the skirt/polo/cardigan...ever.
I hate not being able to wear hats b/c that's where all my heat escapes my body.
My school being all girls you find most of us with no-makeup mainly just cover up, hair in ponytails and messy buns or bed head/crazy hair and well no shaving until necessary...that means things like going out and the weekends(IF we have plans).
...AND I love feeling preppy
Overall i like uniforms and am dreading the days where I have a ridiculously small closet and have to choose everyday what I will wear(college life).
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Posted 3/13/12 , edited 3/13/12
I dont mind uniforms, but on a personal choice I wouldn't wear them. but they had their pros. Being able to wake up, throw on some khakis with just a polo was already easier than having to pick out which outfit I wanted to wear. I had to wear Uniforms from preschool to highschool before I moved. The main reason of uniforms in my old state was because of gang violence.

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