School Uniforms? Yay or Nay?
Yes (Went to a School that required uniform)
36.4% (285)
36.4% (285)
No (Went to a School that required uniform)
17.4% (136)
17.4% (136)
Yes (Did not go to a School that required uniform)
12.9% (101)
12.9% (101)
No (Did not go to a School that required uniform)
29.4% (230)
29.4% (230)
Other (Please specify)
3.1% (24)
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Poll: Your opinion on School Uniforms.

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Okay before we start could I just ask any perverts to, um, leave. I'm not judging it's just that you will probably be disappointed, and I uh think that it would be best, for all parties involved in this topic, that this possible misunderstanding be brought up now. I would turn around or close my eyes, so as to avoid embarrassment for any perverts, but I'm not going to because, y'know the whole pervert thing... Yeah.

Well with that out the way what is escapist's views on school uniforms. Do you live somewhere that has them but you think shouldn't? Do you live somewhere that doesn't have them but think should? Did you wear them at school?

Personally, being from Scotland, I had to wear a uniform to both my Primary and High schools. While my Primary School uniform was a fairly basic jumper polo shirt combo it had a bad ass Silver Griffin for a crest while other schools has trees, and fields for their's, making it the greatest primary school uniform in Scotland =P.

I liked my High school uniform as well. It was a shirt, tie, blazer combo, and was actually surprisingly versatile when it came to the styles you could wear it in. Personally I went with a Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop) look for my last couple of years.

My opinion on uniforms in general is that they are a good thing. It's a lot harder for someone to be bullied for the clothes they wear when everyone is wearing the same thing (though, I admit it's not impossible), some teach how to tie a tie (hey it's a skill!) and unlike what a certain Simpsons episode would have you believe their is still room for individuality.

Yes for wizard schools, no for me personally.

I enjoy my personal clothes far too much to give them up for some silly uniform look. Besides, how would I have ever been able to wear my favourite kilt to school with such a system in place!

No, and I go to a school that requires them, even now that I'm in the sixth form. It is hot in summer, cold in winter, costs and arm and a leg, and looks horrible. It is an absolute pain to have to wear, and if you have it the way the teachers say you should it is uncomfortable as hell.

I went to a few different schools with a uniform. I found if the school is willing to pay for the uniform for the students, then it's okay. If they aren't paid for and are expensive, then it's not really a good idea.

I'm in 6th form now, which only has a dress code. Used to have a uniform however. Considering the amount of fashion-based teasing that went on even on the non-uniform days, I'd say this was a very good thing indeed.

I had a uniform in highschool and I hated it though I won't lie I didn't enjoy the girls kilts. The thing I hate about uniforms is that your clothes are part of what defines you to the people around you. If you wear uniform it is like lying about your interests style and personality. I am one the people who thinks people need to be a lot less judgmental though, everyone is so quick to point a finger but so afraid to address their own problems. If people were less judgmental uniforms would be pointless.

Ah hah. No way.
I find the mere idea of a forced school uniform to be preposterous.
<- Lives in Denmark and did/does not have to wear a school uniform.

The problem I faced with uniform was the cost. At one of my secondary schools it was a blazer, ties, shirts, most of which were colour and badge specific to that school. In my last year at secondary (Year 11) we had a completely different uniform from the years below, which is all well and good but I always thought that the cost for the year was ridiculous.

I guess my opinion is yes it's a good thing for creating one thing that is the same across students, but no when there are silly prices, whether for one year group or for the initial purchase.

I have never had to wear a uniform in school, and, frankly, I don't really see the point to them (with maybe a few exceptions). It's not that they're some great evil that needs to be eradicated from the world, they just don't seem to serve much of a purpose, at least from my perspective.

Although I firmly believe that if a school is going to make you wear a uniform, it better be really cheap, or the school should pay for it. Making people pay for an expensive uniform is just bullshit.

I went to a school that required uniforms and I generally liked the idea.
A. I looked smart as hell
B. It stopped bullying based off of opinions (Which at my school was still pretty bad)
C. If there was a problem with the students harassing people on the streets after or during school hours, it was easier for the members of the public to say "It was this school"
D. Many nearby stores gave us discounts because of the school uniform which is nice.

Live in the UK here so school uniforms are pretty much required for every school although I'm sure there are some exceptions, and with that said I generally liked them for a number of reasons.

1. They made me look smart and I do believe it did help on a subconscious level to get me in the right frame of mind for school.

2. It saved me a lot of time in the morning as I didn't have to look for a new outfit to wear, I honestly couldn't have seen my self doing that every morning considering how lazy I was as a teen, I'd of probably looked like a right scruff.

3. Generally cheaper than my normal clothes so not too bad if they got damaged; i.e. paint in art, acid in science etc etc.

Yes (when to shool that require them) despite it was annoying at times (the time to get changed after school).

Look at it this way, most jobs require you to wear a uniform so it may as well get you in the mindset to wear one at an early age.

Granted I don't if that does mean anything compare to those who grew up not wearing one from school that did not require uniform at all.

Glaciatedhands:
I went to a school that required uniforms and I generally liked the idea.
A. I looked smart as hell
B. It stopped bullying based off of opinions (Which at my school was still pretty bad)
C. If there was a problem with the students harassing people on the streets after or during school hours, it was easier for the members of the public to say "It was this school"
D. Many nearby stores gave us discounts because of the school uniform which is nice.

Glaciatedhands:
stopped

Glaciatedhands:
was still pretty bad

So it didn't stop it at all. Anyway, I don't think I've ever seen bullying because of the way you dress. It's always personality or interests or your body.

Moderated:

Glaciatedhands:
I went to a school that required uniforms and I generally liked the idea.
A. I looked smart as hell
B. It stopped bullying based off of opinions (Which at my school was still pretty bad)
C. If there was a problem with the students harassing people on the streets after or during school hours, it was easier for the members of the public to say "It was this school"
D. Many nearby stores gave us discounts because of the school uniform which is nice.

Glaciatedhands:
stopped

Glaciatedhands:
was still pretty bad

So it didn't stop it at all. Anyway, I don't think I've ever seen bullying because of the way you dress. It's always personality or interests or your body.

Firstly, My apologies on my derpy typing. It reduced it since we had days where you wore your own clothes and on those days... well... lets just say you shouldn't bring in your 100 jeans. What also I picked up is that many people wore band shirts and football shirts which then caused problems with fans of the opposing bands/teams and all hell broke loose.

I'm in the UK where every school I have seen has a uniform. The exception is Sixth Form Colleges (ages 17 & 18) which allow you to wear your own clothes, and Sixth Form Years at schools where you wear a suit.

I hated wearing a uniform when I was at school, but now that I'm at University I can look back at them and sort of appreciate the sense of formality they gave to the class room. I'm not convinced that they stop bullying based on clothing because when I was at school it simply changed from bullying someone based on what they wear to bullying someone based on how they wore the uniform. I do think they perform a valuable function though, and that's installing a sense of belong-ship(?) in the children to their school. Then when you reach Sixth Form College and can wear your own clothes or wear a suit, that serves as a transgressional phase to real life.

I quite like them. I've never gone to a school that has them, but I like the classy look and the fact that it's hard for people to judge on what I wear.

My high school requires a school uniform, the shirts are expensive and the khakis are annoying.

You try waiting for a bus in fucking khakis in the middle of a new england winter at 5:45 in the morning, you lose all sensation down there.

And I mean ALL sensation.

Also it makes us look like idiots and people lose a sense of identity, but considering our principal is going for "Best comic book villain impersonator" maybe that was the intention.

Doesn't have to wear one, doesn't want to wear one.

Why purpose does it serve, anyway? I assume bullyings still happend in schools with uniforms, and where I went, no one was really bullied because of the clothes they wore (there was some guy with aspergers who no one wanted to be with, sure, but he wasn't directly taunted or anything, just avoided, and that was because of the weird behaviour he had).

I've been to one school with an extremely strict uniform policy, and another with none.
I can certainly say that the latter is preferable, at least in the later ages of schooling.

I did go to schools that required a uniform.. and i understand the reasoning behind a uniform... it makes it a LOT easier to keep track of their kids.. as much as my teenage me goes.. THEY WERE SO ANNOYING TO WEAR .. (well the formal uniform at least).. if i couldve stayed in my Sports Uniform 365 days a year.. that wouldve been so much better!

In both my primary and secondary schools, there were mixed people in terms of financial origin. So maybe the uniforms helped limit some of the bullying, though bullying based on other factors still existed. We did have none uniform days, and nobody was bullied for clothes that wasn't already bullied for other reasons, anyway.

Given the choice as a kid, I'd have picked uniform, though it's really only been in the last two or three years my sense of style has developed. That said, nobody in my secondary school had a sense of style, unless you counted blindly following the most prevalent trends.

In any case, as has been mentioned, at least it solved my issue of having to pick clothes for the day.

I had to wear a uniform in school but I quite liked it. It was just black shoes, black trousers, a white polo t-shirt and a jumper which was royal blue with our emblem of a phoenix.

I enjoyed having uniforms, then again the uniform at my school was functional and mostly a mix of navy blue and greys - rather neutral appearance wise.

Anything that prevents or dis-encourages bullying based on appearances is good in my books. Not that I ever suffered it but bore witness to it frequently, especially among females when I have observed schools without uniforms.

Went to a school with a uniform, would recommend it.

Yeah yeah "But it stifles people's individuality!" blah blah bullshit. Beyond the simple point that you're at school, not at the mall you goddamn hippy, anyone who requires specific clothing to express their "Personality" doesn't have one. Much like the fact that people who wear "comedy" shirts are witless morons.

Maybe it's because I've watched so much anime, but it's actually weird to think that most schools do not require uniforms. I also like them. Maybe they exaggerate how they look on girls.... Hmmmmm.

My high shchool was a a little different. For the first 3 years there you had to wear a uniform but once you reached 6th form (or Year 12 as it called now) you could wear mufti.

The idea was that 17/18 year olds were more mature and should be treated like adults.

Went to schools with and without uniforms.

It's nice to be able to wear comfortable clothing but a uniform is almost like a badge of membership that shows you belong.

So I'm indifferent on this subject I'm afraid.

I wouldn't mind my old school uniform... However my school changed the uniform from a reasonably priced jumper and trousers one year to a super expensive blazer the next year.

Now, you might think that doesn't sound that bad, but not long before that, our school sent a letter out to every student's parents DEMANDING a donation of $30. I'm not even joking, the school tried to make parents pay a compulsory donation. The reason for this wasn't because they were struggling, it was because they were given a grant for new equipment not long beforehand, and had spent most of the money on laptops and a card system for doors and lunch purchases (all of which were removed after about 6 months).

From Primary School, all the way up to high school I had to wear uniform; and I hated it, but after a while it didn't bother me. When I went into year 10 at my college I no longer had to wear uniform, at least until my new head teacher came in and changed everything. At first it wasn't too bad, he implemented a dress code so that you couldn't reveal too much (No short-short, no short skirts, and bizarrely no visible shoulders but m'kay) but this didn't really affect me, being a guy im not exactly known to be wearing short-shorts or short-skirts for that matter, and I've never really been a tank-top kinda guy.

Then in Year 11 it all went tits-up. He introduced a school uniform for year 10's and 11's, but not 12 and up, so if i wanted to stay at the school (which I did) I needed to buy a WHOLE NEW SET of uniform to wear for not even an entire year. This change frustrated a LOT of parents, but the plans went ahead anyway, as his justification for it was "Well, its not a uniform for the Year 11's, its a 'dress code'" (What he really meant by 'dress code' was, "You just dont have to wear school branded uniform, but you still have to wear this, this and this. So it was effectively the school uniform, bar the school logos). He also gave a lot of BS reasons for implementing the change such as -
It will improve students learning
It will improve our neighbours respect for the school and its pupils
It will allow our students to look more formal (probably the only legit reason)

TL;DR All in all, I hate it.

EDIT: Uniform is also paper thin, so when its cold, everybody gets cold and complains
EDIT 2: The dress code also stated that clothing could NOT be skin-tight, and hair had to be of a natural colour, and not too long

I'm pretty indifferent towards school uniforms. I attended a school that required uniforms many years ago from kindergarten to 3rd grade. I never had a problem with them.

I had to wear a uniform in primary school, then just had a fairly loose dress code in high school.

Really didn't like the uniform. It was never comfortable, no matter what I did. I don't mind dress codes, but having an actual uniform is just silly.

As long as it's reasonable stuff that isn't expensive or is issued by the school itself, making everyone look the same would make them focus on schoolwork instead of wearing what's "in".

Because a hormonal teenager doesn't need food for those thoughts, I'll be perfectly honest.

Nyet. Partially because I'd rather dress in what is actually comfortable and partially I've heard they tend to be on the expensive side.

I'm all for school uniforms but unfortuantely some slutty high schoolers tend to exploit it. Hike their skirts up so high that you can see everything but complain that nobody respects them.

I'm in the sixth form in the UK, which requires a suit but no specific uniform. I like it because of reasons already listed but you also have the opportunity to wear something that fits you (both physically and stylistically), and not the silly wide blazers they make children wear even if they are way too big for them.

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