School Uniforms?

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Tue, 08-27-2013 - 12:58pm

There has been an increase in the number of schools requiring uniforms for their students, while there are differing opionions on whether it's beneficial: 

"People look at school uniforms and think they're expensive but when you take a look at the stores and everybody having to have name brand clothing, it's just as expensive," said Patti Nowak, a parent. "The nice thing too is we can recycle clothes. There's lots of schools that have programs set up that if the kids grow out of the item, there's a program usually in the school where if it's in great shape you can put it right back in there."

Wegener says a $150 outfit can last an entire year.

"You don't have to have a spring wardrobe, a winter wardrobe, a fall wardrobe," she said. "It's all the same."

Schools like St. Thomas Aquinas in Okemos say uniforms can instill school loyalty and promote modesty too.

But other educators say there isn't any clear data that correlates uniforms and stronger academic performance. They say clothing is one way kids can express their individuality.

"We really try to create an environment where we're helping kids to be successful even beyond Dansville," said Dansville Superintendent Amy Hodgson. "And eventually they're going to run into a place that doesn't have uniforms. So I guess our focus would be how do you treat people and how do you as administrators address those kind of disrespect issues so that when they leave here, they do know how to handle those situations."

Read more: http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/Uniforms-in-Schools-Increase-221233221.html

Do your schools require uniforms (please add if they are public or private if you are comfortable sharing)?

Do you think that school uniforms are a cheaper option?

Are your for or against school uniforms?

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Tue, 08-27-2013 - 1:12pm

Do your schools require uniforms (please add if they are public or private if you are comfortable sharing)?

My kids all attend public school and unfiorms aren't required.  The only school in our area that does are the private religious schools.  

Do you think that school uniforms are a cheaper option?

For me, school uniforms are not cheaper, especially if you shop the sales.  I have boys, and they are pretty undemanding!  All I have to buy are either athletic pants or shorts, jeans and t-shirts.  We live in a mild climate, so that is what they wear year around, with the exception of a hoodie when it's colder.  I can go to the Nike Outlet, spend the $150 they mentioned for one uniform, and buy 15-20 articles of clothing.  They can also wear that clothing year around, I don't have to buy more for when they aren't in school, and they can also wear it for sports.  Even with my high schooler that likes to wear a few brands like Aero and AE, I still shop the sales.  

Are your for or against school uniforms?

I'm against school uniforms.  I want my kids to be comfortable for school, and not forced to wear shirts with collars.   I also wouldn't want to have to maintain khaki pants, what a total pain!    I also feel for the parents of children who have sensory issues,  I think school uniforms would make it extremely challenging for them. 

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