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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Registered: 05-31-2011
Sat, 08-31-2013 - 1:15pm

No.

No.

Against. I'm not comfortable with that level of forced conformity. 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Fri, 08-30-2013 - 9:41pm

I didn't answer the questions so here goes, 

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

No but I do think dress code and enforcing it is important.  For some schools that translates to school uniform, i.e. khaki bottoms and red top, others that means banning spaghetti straps for girls and sloppy pant trend for boys. 

Do you think that school uniforms are a cheaper option?

Uniforms were a cheaper option for my parents.  I think it empowered my mom to chose what she would or wouldn't spend money for aside what was required for school.  I give into more trends than my parents did, Lol. 

Are your for or against school uniforms?

See first answer, I am for dress code/policy. 

 

 


 


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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 08-30-2013 - 1:59pm
Yes, they require uniforms and it's a private school. In my area there are private schools without uniforms and public schools with uniforms, just depends. No, it is not a cheaper option, not by a long shot. Against, they are expensive and the current code isn't upheld universally.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 10:49am

My son goes to a private high school. (D is in college). He has to wear a collared shirt, but can wear any type of pants, including shorts and jeans, except for those nylon athletic shorts. Girls can't wear any shirt that comes down lower than a handsbreath from their neck. Most girls, including my D when she was at the school, wear camis under their low cut shirts. Shorts or skirts can only be a few inches above the knee and nobody is allowed to display any undergarments.

Honestly, I think uniforms would be easier. Maybe not cheaper, but it would be a lot easier for girls, especially, to get dressed in the morning if they knew exactly what they had to wear.

I don't think uniforms contribute more or less to learning, and there are as many jerks and bullies in uniforms as there are in Uggs and Hollister (or whatever the self-chosen "uniform" is these days.).

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 08-28-2013 - 7:47am

A uniform is a form of discipline and in theory it can lead to better productivity in the classroom.  Some public schools have uniform policies and to the contrary not all private schools do.  My kids' dress code is a pretty strict one and they are in public schools.  I grew up in the catholic schools where plaid ruled.  By senior year we were sick of it, many of us shred our skirts and turned them into hulas, Lol. 

 


 


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Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 08-27-2013 - 8:00pm

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

No, and my kids go to public schools.

Do you think that school uniforms are a cheaper option?

I generally spend way less than $150 on kids clothes per kid in a year, so no, that doesn't seem cheaper to me.  I'm sure that will change when my kids are older though.

Are your for or against school uniforms?

Generally against.  

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Tue, 08-27-2013 - 5:00pm

LOL, dd does NOT like uniforms. She refused to join the scouts, because she would have to wear a uniform. Her elementary school is one of the very few private schools in town, perhaps even the only one, that does not have uniforms. When it came to middle and high school, one of her reasons for not wanting to continue in a private school was that she would need to wear a uniform. 

I actually thinks it makes all kinds of sense to have uniforms, but not to the point that I would force my kid to go to a school that had them. I have not come across any publics around here that have uniforms.

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Registered: 07-08-2001
Tue, 08-27-2013 - 4:06pm

My kids go to a public school, and yes, they require uniforms. I think it's great. No fighting over what to wear, none of the catty "what is she WEARING?!?" Girls have a little more variety, with jumpers, skirts, shorts or pants, and there are several different colors of shirt to choose from. I spent about $300 total on school uniforms and footwear for both kids and expect them to last all year. I'm happy about that! I understand there is concern about gangs as well, and it's nice to not have to worry about that.

*edited to add, not to have to worry about the dress code of gangs. It certainly doesn't erase gang activity, but it eliminates the possibility that my kid will be mistaken for a gang member because of the color of his shirt.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Tue, 08-27-2013 - 2:58pm

Do your schools require uniforms (please add if they are public or private if you are comfortable sharing)?  My kids have always gone to public school and have never attended a school with uniforms.  

Do you think that school uniforms are a cheaper option?  No, a $150 outfit does not sound like a cheaper option--you would need more than one uniform for school (at least 3??) and the more you bought, the longer they would last.  My kids would still need clothes for when they were not in school.  

Are your for or against school uniforms?  I'm not sold on them as I have no experience with them.  There may be social benefits, but I don't think it really matters as kids tend to pick on other kids for various reasons (unfortunately) and a uniform does not erase that.  

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Tue, 08-27-2013 - 2:28pm

My kids went to a private school with a dress code, not exactly uniforms, but they had to wear khakis and a collared shirt with no logos.   I loved that they looked so nice every day.  It had zero effect on their learning.  My older one was at a public school for six years and a private school for eight years, and nothing whatsoever changed based on what he was wearing.  My younger one was only at the private school for five years, and is back in public now, and although he looks like a slob, he's learning just as well in shorts and t-shirts as he did when he was more dressed up every day.

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