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School uniforms
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Posted 3/17/12
I've graduated high school and am now a sophomore in college and I have never worn school uniforms, but I have ALWAYS been in favor of them. I think students should be more concerned about their school work than they are about what they are wearing to school tomorrow. I also believe that school uniforms instill a sense of unity of the student body. Studies have also shown that students wearing uniforms in schools perform better, they have more respect for authority, and they tend to be more successful in their future compared to schools without uniforms. (This may be due to the fact that most school that wear uniforms are private schools and most that don't wear uniforms are public schools, but that's a different discussion entirely.)

Although I am in full favor of school uniforms, I do think that there should be options to the uniform. EVERY single student should have to wear EXACTLY the same thing EVERY single day. I think the colors and basic style should have to be the same. I'd also like there to be a logo of some sort on each student, but I know that costs money and a lot of people don't have it.

Basically, I think that when you look at two students from the same school, you should be able to tell that they are students from the same school and they should be proud of that.
Posted 6/19/12 , edited 6/19/12
I frequented a High school with a uniform and in my opinion uniforms are not always a positive thing.
At my old school, which I left for many reasons, had a uniform. Said uniform made the girls look like a waitresses
or flight attendants. I was so embarassed to be seen in my school uniform that I avoided being out in public with it
on for to long. I'm a very quiet person and I express myself through what I wear. With a uniform I couldn't wear my
band t-shirts or wear my bracelts, it frustrated me to no end. I think that people should reconsider forcing uniforms
on highschool students. From experience I can say that highschool students are still finding out who they are and
showing them that to be excepted and not made fun of you need to be dressed like everyone else is wrong, same
goes for younger children.
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Posted 6/20/12 , edited 6/20/12
Here in NZ school children of all ages wear uniforms (except for kindergarten, but I don't count that as school). I think it's a positive thing. And it sure as hell was easier to get ready. No judgement from other kids about your clothes. The uniforms here are comfortable and modest. It really wasn't a big deal at all.
It was also really useful when kids from our school behaved badly in public. They could be recognised by the uniform and reported. And by acting badly, I mean throwing rocks etc from a motorway bridge down onto the cars below. The uniform got them caught and punished.
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Posted 6/20/12 , edited 6/20/12
I don't think standardized uniforms are necessary, but I do believe some sort of dress code ought to be enforced so students don't dress in an unhygienic or indecent way (no muddy pants, swimwear, profane logos, etc.). Discipline is important, but I believe there are better ways of building it than requiring that students wear uniforms.

I grew up in Taiwan, where we were required to wear uniforms. I'd always wonder why we had to wear them. Because I disliked the uniform, I came to associate it with unpleasant things. Ultimately, it did not help discipline me. I was actually less inclined to do as I was told because I'd always want a reason for me to do something. I wasn't rebellious, I was just very inquisitive. I was a pretty self-disciplined kid, as I would always think before I said something, read (heavily) in my spare time, get good grades, and help out around the house without being told. By the time I was 5 or 6, I could already prepare my own meals, since I learned from observing my grandma in the kitchen. She rarely provided me with instructions directly unless I asked. After I came to the US, I found it more comfortable to not have uniforms, although the 'tucked-in-shirts-and-pants-above-the-waist' rule was stupid. It felt awkward to walk around like that. I believed I did not need to be forced to do meaningless things.

Anyway, attempting to improve grades via uniforms, even if it works, would be a 'fake' improvement, as the student would need to be wearing the uniform to gain its benefit.
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Posted 6/20/12
Uniforms are handy. In Ireland everyone wears them

I also think they help stop people judging each other based on clothes. Over-top rules, like about hair length, colour etc can get annoying though.


You don't need to think about what to wear every single day either.
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Posted 6/28/12
Uniforms has its benefits such as not being criticized on what you wear. Everyone is on equal terms in clothing, no one can be judged as being poor or rich. It makes your life easier just wearing the same thing in school. It also has its downside such as student can't expressed their creativity but overall uniforms are handy.
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Posted 8/17/12
Everyone's elaborated quite well in their arguments, and for now, all I can do is support which ideas I think correct.
Uniforms are a way to bring equality among students, and with everyone wearing the same style of clothing, there's a reduced chance of anybody being belittled or made fun of because of clothing. At schools with no uniform enforcement, the trend of students outdressing each other and showing off through clothing is common. With everyone looking different, it's not impossible for someone with less fancy, outdated, or ragged clothing to be judged because of his/her appearance. I understand why many others would disagree, and state that uniforms are too bland and restrain creativity. Of course, uniforms do lack design and comfortability most of the time. Still, school is a place for students to learn, not to frolick or distract others with apparel. Students should express themselves out of school, or through an art class. Most countries have their students wear uniforms, and there has been no apparent problem resulting from this. I certainly think uniforms should be required. Otherwise, disorderly conduct will be the outcome. This is coming from a current student at a school with no uniforms.
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Posted 8/17/12
I'm not a fan of unis, being able to have "free dress" is so much less of a hassle and I feel much more comfortable when i can wear what i usually wear.
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Posted 10/28/12
School uniforms are supposed to be the ideal solution for schools. It supposedly presents discipline, equality, and prevents further distractions. I'd personally say the idea is great, but the clothing is lacking in functionality. Long skirts and collared shirts that choke, not the most comfortable clothing... Lately there have been issues in schools due to the fad that everything a girl wears is better shorter. Even in anime this is portrayed frequently. Uniforms save parents from having to but too many clothes for their children, and children stress from deciding what to wear. That being said, the clothing/shoes themselves suck.
Posted 10/28/12
Actually, I agree with the concept of wearing uniforms in High School below.. This is to ensure more public safety. Well one time back in high school, I've heard terrible stories like a random gun shots inside the campus and children taken away by strangers. You cannot always rely on SSGs (school security guards) and CCTVs.. The best way to avoid these situations is to think of PREVENTION. How can we prevent these cases from happening all over again? That's it, uniforms.. The only purpose is for identification whether you are a participant in a group. So let's just say a school is a large group of people.Of course IDs (Identification cards) are important, too..

For colleges, uniforms are not necessary since college students are old enough to handle these cases and probably, there is already high security around the campus. The universities are well- equipped cause they are payed by college students for how much? Well it depends on the administration.. Probably it all depends on the rules.. In my university, they are very strict when it comes to security. You cannot enter if you don't wear proper uniform (except wash day) even during enrollments..
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