OPINION: School uniforms – function, not fashion

March 2, 2016 - School Uniform

KEEPING UNIFORM: School uniforms should be gentle and unsentimental so kids are means to learn to their full potential.
KEEPING UNIFORM: School uniforms should be gentle and unsentimental so kids are means to learn to their full potential.

It would seem propagandize dress codes are behind in a news.

Over a past integrate of weeks, Massey High School in Auckland has strike a headlines after students appealed to a school’s house for a summer uniform.

The students have started a year in full dress uniform — prolonged skirts and dress pants, ties and blazers in between classes — while in a feverishness wave.

Students have complained of sweating profusely, headaches and dizziness, while relatives have oral of children entrance home with bloody noses and even flitting out.

I know Massey High’s new, grave uniform was introduced final year to assistance boost students’ certainty after a propagandize was subjected to “Westie” taunts.

“How brave anybody consider that a kids should perform a purpose in multitude that doesn’t embody wearing a blazer or a tie?” pronounced principal Glen Denham.

In a promptness to smarten adult a school, I’m guessing summer garments wasn’t considered.

School uniforms are one of those divisive topics. Some contend uniforms foster a clarity of belonging and honour for students. They’re a lifesaver for parents, as kids need fewer garments via a year. And they assistance turn a personification margin — children from low income families who can’t means smart and labelled wardrobe equivocate a vigour of being on standard with a abounding kids.

Others contend uniforms are overpriced, elitist, inspire consent and suppress self- expression.

I’m all for propagandize spirit. But we am wondering if a pointy and superb picture is entrance during a responsibility of kids’ comfort and education.

Massey High School students, interjection to a aforementioned sweating and headaches, are hardly means to concentrate. We wish children to learn, do we not? Surely, if one wants their tyro physique to have a possibility during a blazer and tie form career, their ability to concentration in category is sincerely paramount?

Some grave uniforms are feeble designed for flourishing immature bodies — such as skirts with parsimonious linings or blouses that peep during a symbol holes — also contributing to annoy and daze from a charge during hand.

And uniforms can shorten earthy activity. A investigate from Sports Medicine Australia that says children need around 60 mins of practice a day to kindle mind development, found limiting uniforms to be one of a biggest barriers to earthy play.

And afterwards we’ve got things like “the fingertip test” to safeguard girls’ propagandize skirts are a right length. To safeguard unprotected strength doesn’t “distract a boys from learning”. Yet no one seems to be endangered about a outcome on a girls’ preparation if she’s being pulled from category or sent home for presumably “sinful” attire.

School uniforms have their place. But we would disagree a peculiarity preparation trumps a sharp appearance. Research has shown children are some-more prolific when comfortable. And if we wish a kids present, physically active and intent in a curriculum, comfort and practicality need to be tip of a list.

Function, not fashion.

Wairarapa Midweek

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