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  • I think they are a good idea more for the kids who cant afford the latest and trendiest clothes,shoes ect,it make everyone the same.
  • Depends.
  • I don't really think it's going to solve anything. It may make every kid look the same to some degree but it's going to bring out other imperfections. Say a child has glasses. They are going to get made fun of for that. To tell you the truth, I'd rather have someone make fun of my clothes than make fun of something I couldn't change.
  • Though there are some good things about them, overall my answer has to be no. School uniforms reduce individuality and send the message that you are just the same as the person sitting next to you. Don't we want people to be individuals? I would also find it offensive to me personally since I would be forced to wear a skirt and I don't wear skirts or dresses at all. I would find wearing a uniform very difficult because it would be suffocating emotionally. It would make me feel more lonely than I am now. I would have to pretend to be like everyone else even more, and I am not, nor do I want to be, like all those people. Uniforms also tend to cost a lot. I know people who go to schools that require uniforms and I am always astounded by how much they have to pay for them. What about people who cannot afford them? Is that fair?
  • I think it is and it's not. It is to the extent that all kids will look the same. It todays schools, poor kids get picked on and treated different because they aren't wearing name brand clothes. teachers even have teachers pets that are rich. so uniforms will prevent some of that. poor kids will not feel inferior. No, to the point that it's very expensive and poor kids can't afford it. IF it's required schools should provide them which will increase taxes and decrease funding for other needed programs. I do think though that schools waste a lot of money for unnecessary programs and schools could cut back to pay for that. Sometimes when I was in school I wish we had to wear uniforms because I was always left out of everything because I was poor and I wore Wal mart stuff instead of name brand and kids made fun of me. I work in the school system now and I see it. kids laughed at and made fun of. Kids who aren't even played with at recess because they are not wearing "name brand " clothes. So, it has it's plus and negatives.
  • School uniforms have been standard in many European schools for a long time. 1. A school uniform makes it easier for the school authorities to recognize students belonging to their school. It also makes it somewhat tougher for those that don’t belong to slip in; unless, of course, they go to all the trouble of buying a uniform that fits. 2. A school uniform also saves the school administrators from having to police what the students wear. There are no daily battles regarding what’s appropriate or not for school. 3. A school uniform apparently also saves students from putting their fashion tastes before their learning requirements. When they don’t have to spend time wondering what to wear and how to make a fashion statement, they can devote more time to getting an education. Theoretically, that is. 4. Wearing the same type of dress reduces social snobbery and peer pressure in educational institutions. It is also supposed to reduce incidents of bullying and theft. How do you pick on someone for wearing the same dress as yourself? Why would you steal a pair of shoes you both have and can afford? I suppose there are ways and there are reasons, but fewer. 5. School uniforms cramp the style of gang members. They have to recognize each other by names and faces instead of by flaunting aggressively painted jackets, T-shirts with obscene messages, clunky jewelry, and things like that. Instead of ‘my gang’ and ‘your gang’, they also have to think in terms of ‘our school’. It’s a hard life. On the brighter side, it helps them to live another day and go on to survive in college. 6. A school uniform can instill a sense of discipline and community feeling. This naturally reduces incidents of violence. Students can come to school without worrying about personal safety. Teachers don’t have to double as guards, and can concentrate on teaching.
  • i went to a catholic school for eight years, and i have to say uniforms have their pros and their cons. it's pretty nice to wake up and not have to worry about what to wear. haha. but i think that a person's wardrobe is a big part of their self expression. everybody should be able to express themselves. i think i liked school better without the uniforms, myself. :)
  • Not at all. All the claims made by schools for the use of uniforms was crap. On days that we were allowed to wear our own clothes I felt ten times more comfortable and took much better note in class than otherwise. As to the whole fashion issue those who could afford the correct uniforms got the expensive ones and those who couldnt had to make do with what they could get so it only made the rift bigger not smaller. As to any sense of community, garbage, I never got a say in the styles or colours or anything there was no sense of community only dictatorship. I am 46 now and the first school my son went to tried to change to uniforms after he had been there two years, I refused to make him wear one and he chose his own clothes to wear and never had a problem with it. I think sometimes the school authorities place too much attention on clothes instead of the education.
  • Bad at school because it's mandatory in many countries. At work, you have to accept it or can leave searching for another work so it's up to the employer. Worst are for live-in domestic workers, they have to always be in uniform. I have talked to some people who worked as live-in maid/nanny girls when they were young girls in their late teens/early 20's and one of the things they disliked the most were the uniforms (like white blouses and black skirts, white aprons and black high-healed shoes) the employers required the girls to wear.
  • Bad at school because it's mandatory in many countries. At work, you have to accept it or can leave searching for another work so it's up to the employer. Worst are for live-in domestic workers, they have to always be in uniform. I have talked to some people who worked as live-in maid/nanny girls when they were young girls in their late teens/early 20's and one of the things they disliked the most were the uniforms (like white blouses and black skirts, white aprons and black high-healed shoes) the employers required the girls to wear.
  • They're ugly.
  • A very good idea . It stops the one upmanship of children with more money being able to afford to wear all the latest fashions.Gives all an equal footing. On a nastier level it helps to stop theft of expensive items of clothing.
  • I think they are fantastic!! My children went to a private school for 5 years and they were required to wear them. This year they are in a public school and don't have to. The public schools colors are red and white and since the uniforms they had worn are red white and blue it works out well. I think they just look nicer in uniforms, I swear some of the kids look like they rolled out of bed or came from the pig barn when they come to school. Uniforms come with standards and the school could use some more of those.
  • They are mandatory in my country.....they are both good and bad.....good because parents are under no pressure to buy designer clothes (we know ho teenagers behave).....bad because the design is mostly ugly!!!!
  • I think a school principal should decide to implement them as mandatory for all students, (so that those students who do wear them are not stigmatized) or not at all.
  • where i live,they started out with the school that had the worst problems as far as discipline. so far this year they have had over 50% fewer problems. i think they are a great idea. gives kids one less thing to worry about as far as fitting in with shoes and clothing.
  • They serve a purpose but are in serious need of my help in the design of them :)
  • I think it's good. Levels the playing field.
  • Yes, uniforms indicate unity and oneness . And it separates u from the common.
  • sure do, they make life easier on the moms, and cheaper to buy. Plus you dont have all this 'he's got better shoes/pants/shirts than me'! stops all the rivalry. And when you see a group of schoolkids together, you know where they are from -
  • Absolutely
  • yes always.it show unity n discipline.
  • I hate worring about what to wear today, tommorrow etc, that's one less thing to worry about......With uniform it's the same thing, so no worries........
  • for which school or schools?
  • I have no kids inschool, but I guess it would be ok, then no fights over clothes, becaose everybody is dressed the same.
  • Yep. In fact, I would prefer it if the school our kids went to had a school uniform. It does a lot for unity, pride, teamwork, and eliminiates the ambiguities of violations of dress codes and inappropriate dress.
  • for uncool kids who cant afford skate shoes? pretty good then...
  • Good idea. Very convenient and creates a better looking crowd.
  • I think they are okay, but there should be opt-out policies, and the ability to wear pins and other forms of individual expression. I don't like the unifying aspects of it though. I'd rather encourage individualism.
  • i love dressing them on my wife , but otherwise have no use!
  • Never wore them but i was horrified by them lol but i actually think now its a pretty good idea
  • Uniforms deprive people of their individuality. In grade school, students are discovering who they are and that includes the way they dress. Uniforms are so boring and predictable. I would much prefer to wear what I wanted and be comfortable. I would learn more if I was able to come as I am. :)(:
  • I'm not even talking about expressing individuality. I'm talking about avoiding sameness. And you can't exactly display your assignments on yourself. In any case, there should at the very least, be small allowances, like buttons, jewelery, etc. One way some students found a way to show/carry around messages was to draw/write them on the bottom of notebooks, and carry notebooks close to the chest, so the bottom shows. There's one way around it.
  • They prevent the peer pressure that comes from kids wanting the latest (expensive) branded items - good for parents especially when their kids are growing out of their clothes in bundles.

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