The Case For Public School Uniforms

May 30, 2015 - School Uniform

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Every open we see a same stories cocktail up: kids wish to wear what they wish to school/prom/dances. Teachers make dress codes/standards. Boycotts ensue.

Here’s an easy solution: have all open propagandize kids wear uniforms.

I don’t wish to see anything drastic, only a polo shirt in a propagandize colors. Wear a skirt, jeans, pants, shorts, runners — we don’t care. we only would like to see all kids in propagandize pierce to a elementary polo shirt to finish a battles once and for all.

No flat-topped hats lopsided sideways. No petty tops. No adorned labels. Kids could still wear their favorite span of jeans, though it would be matched with a polo shirt in propagandize colours with a propagandize trademark on a chest.

Simple. Crisp. Easy.


I used to dress unequivocally accidentally when we golfed. Then we played with a correct lady who speedy me to gleam my shoes, and press my pants. “How we demeanour affects how we will play,” she said. “If we take honour in your appearance, you’ll take honour in your performance.

Think about how we mount when you’re dressed formally, contra how we might absolutely slump when wearing sweats or yoga pants. How we demeanour unequivocally does impact how we feel, and how we benefaction yourself, and how we perform. So count me in as a dress formula fan.

My sons go to a propagandize with a dress code. They have an any day uniform of polos and blue pants for unchanging days, when they have assemblies or margin trips they fit adult with collared shirts, ties, and sweaters.

But what about open schools where kids are giveaway to dress how they please? Actually, that’s not always a case. More than half of U.S. propagandize principals lay down their possess rules, though some are seeking if parents should take some-more control in how their kids benefaction themselves.

When it comes to removing dressed any morning, there’s no discuss in a house: It’s white shirt, and blue pants — let’s go. My son isn’t always a fan of wearing a same thing any day, though we adore how lovable a kids demeanour when they’re all dressed a same.

It creates life so most easier. Our back-to-school habit selling is one 30-minute event in a school’s Uniform Shoppe picking out uninformed sizes of white polo shirts and blue dress pants.

There is a open propagandize opposite from my office. we see a high schoolers unpack in unwashed hoodies, skin-tight tops and pants, unshowered, and over made-up any day. The kids don’t provide their coming professionally, and we consternation if that plays in to their poise and efforts during school.

Does how we dress change how we perform? Well, I’m not on a PGA Tour, though we do play golf improved when we gleam my shoes. Seriously.

The New York Times asked this question:

Should relatives even try to make their students accommodate some customary of suitable propagandize dress, or should we let a teenagers heed to their possess ideas of what’s right for their propagandize environment?

The commenters went off on relatives who “let their kids leave a residence dressed like that,” until K from Northern California set everybody straight.

I would adore to see a ages of a children whose relatives are posting here,she wrote. “If they are younger than teenagers, greatfully reason your settlement til we get there yourself.

My kids are 8 and 5, so we are still in control, and we will recuse myself from a deeper debate. But from my viewpoint? A elementary propagandize uniform would solve a lot of solutions.

Take it from a Fresh Prince‘s mom: “you go to propagandize to learn, not for a conform show!”


What about you? Do we get a contend in what your kids wear to school? How most some-more formidable does it get to make them respectable as they get older? Are we repelled by how some kids select to benefaction themselves?

Buzz Bishop is a Calgary dad, broadcaster, and writer. You can find his parenting blog at, we can follow him on Twitter, and on Facebook.

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