School Uniforms? Yay or Nay?
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I'm quite glad I had uniform looking back on it, there's no way I would have enough outfits to last me 5 days and I would have looked scruffy.
I don't think it changed a thing about bullying. all the cliques hung out together regardless and people will get bullied for things other than their clothes. A lot of people tried customising their uniforms and pushing what they could get away with until they got told off. A lot of girls (saw one get off the bus the other week so I see they still do it) used to wear the tightest, shortest skirts which barely covered their arses. Some others would wear badges and jewelry.

Even if everyone went to my school in matching potato sacks, there would still be bullies.

I think it usually looks better and smarter too.

Never had to wear a uniform and i don't think i'd like it. And tbh, i have never seen lots of bullying due to clothing either, sure some times you may have had some teasing but i've never seen someone cry because he/she was bullied for his/her clothing.

I think uniforms solve an non-existent issue.

My brother and father are both teachers. When this topic comes up they both say that schools with uniforms have one less thing for kids to be cliquey about. It's harder for rich kids to pick on poor kids and it stops parents from having to spend huge sums of money on ensuring their kids have the newest "trendiest" clothes.

On a more cynical note it also prepares kids for a work environment: most jobs require a person to wear a uniform of some description (even if it's just "dress smart and wear black/dark blue")

My current school has a pretty strict dress code. I've never really minded, I only wish that they looked cooler (black trousers, white shirt, school tie and black blazer with the school crest isn't even that distinct from other schools, though the girls do wear a nice shade of green). What annoys me is how you are only allowed to wear schools scarves and coats, that you have to buy, on school property.
I also couldn't be bothered to have to pick out clothes everyday.

Every school I went to required a uniform, and I support Uniforms.

Why?

-Looked smart
-Made me stand out (was at the Grammar School with very few students)
-Made it a lot easier to get ready in the morning.

I feel that it prevents bullying, but only if it's to do with cloths. People are still bullied for stereotypical reasons I can assure you as I was on the receiving end of it mostly.

as has been stated uniforms can reinforce the feeling of being in a unit, which is important in an age-group that is generally trying to figure out what kind of individual they want to be/become.

and conformity as boring as it is will allow personalities to be judged more easily than clothes, and might help against possible bullying, although that is not guaranteed

finally it also creates an atmosphere of discipline, something that was severely lacking when i went to school, most young people do not appreciate being educated and how seriously it will effect their future, at least that's how it was in my school and i believe a more serious and disciplined atmosphere might have gotten most of the kids to wise up... myself included, disruptive behavior has a tendency to spread and be emulated much easier than "good" behavior.

i'm not saying that uniforms would solve everything, but there is a reason every military in the world uses uniforms.

My absolute opinion on uniforms is this: If a school is going into a uniform standard, BUY/USE PROPER UNIFORMS, by which I mean, something that would be worn that is unique from any street clothes that one would have, and would probably bare the symbol of the school itself. Here are two examples I've seen where uniforms are just plain dumb.

My middle school just had a t-shirt with the school logo on it, required to be tucked in at all times, policy. This is dumb and in hindsight it sounded more like some idiotic money grab than a policy (since each shirt was like 10 bucks give or take 2, for a school week set you'd be paying 50 dollars for shirts!) No policy on pants, low policy on hats, barely a policy on girl's skirt length, yeah nice standard you're setting to reign in that rebellious youth there.

An elementary school in my area requires the kids to wear blue shirts and khaki pants.... this would be okay if it wasn't exactly the SAME uniform as anyone who works at Wal-mart these days, as if they dropped the metaphor of 'preparing students for life' instead right out saying 'hey Wal-mart here is you next generation right here!' That's the only part that really bugs me about this one, but since the kids have no clue about that sort of thing, I guess it could slide.

edit: Midwest of the US if you're curious

Knusper:
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.

My sixth form was at a Grammar School, in England, so we had to wear the same uniform as the rest of the school (which I also attended up to GCSE as well), but we got to wear a nicer green tie instead of the crappy green/red/yellow striped one everyone else wore.

I hate uniforms and such, for the record. Except in a pervy sense, of course. Thing is, I had to wear uniform at every school I went to (two primary schools, one secondary), then although I was able to wear whatever I wanted at university I had to wear a uniform at work, while working for Waitrose. I start a new job tomorrow wear I have to wear a shirt and tie, proper smart wear, and I just feel as if I've spent my entire life in a suit or uniform of some kind. I wish I was doing a job where I could get away with jeans and a smart top, something smart casual that I'd wear anyway, and have done with it, but sadly that's not the case for me... :(

No. Absolutely. And I did go to several schools that required it.

First of all, let me just state that a 'basic' uniform is fine. This being black 'classy looking' trousers and a polo shirt. That kind of uniform is absolutely fine and causes no problems.

However, most of the schools I went to required you to wear black trousers, black shoes, a black blazer and black tie with a few coloured stripes, I think you understand that this can get a bit problematic in the summer when it's hot enough as it is without you being a walking black hole.

And of course you might say that "Well, teachers will just let you take the blazer off on hot days..." Nope. In year 9 there was a period where the temperature was about 25 degrees for probably two weeks straight, and the teachers forced us to wear those fucking blazers and have our ties cutting off our air supply until one day they had to call in the ambulance because some guy passed out, THEN they decided it was hot enough.

I realise that this should really be judged on a case-by-case basis but I've had enough bad experiences with uniform to make me want to discourage it at every chance possible.

Oh, and anyone who thinks it's funny to pull a tie deserves to be castrated. That includes the asshole I punched in the face because of it.

Those aren't a thing here in Finland.

Maybe there was bullying about the way people dressed, but I was bullied anyway, I doubt that would have helped (and that wasn't what bothered me, because I've always dressed the way I want, and not given a shit of what anyone thinks). And there's no way I'd have worn a skirt. That's my main problem with uniforms; usually it's different for the sexes, which is dumb. Why not have everyone wear the same thing, if you're going to make them wear uniforms anyway. It's not like girls wearing trousers is a taboo anymore.

Also, I get panic attacks in growds. Especially if I feel like they are a group joined together, and a mindless mass. This probably has a lot to do with my inability to tell people apart, and if everyone wore uniforms, my social life would have been even worse.

O maestre:
as has been stated uniforms can reinforce the feeling of being in a unit, which is important in an age-group that is generally trying to figure out what kind of individual they want to be/become.

and conformity as boring as it is will allow personalities to be judged more easily than clothes, and might help against possible bullying, although that is not guaranteed

It would have totally opposite effect on me. I'd feel everyone would be a single unit apart from me. I tend to get this whenever participating in an activity where people do things in unison, and at worst it's a full-blown panic attack...

Yes. Went to a School that required uniform.

I never had many clothes, so uniform hid that fact from school children who would inevitably be dicks about it. Plus my uniform wasn't terrible. Could've been a lot worse. Like a suit.

Yes. Went to a fairly strict all-girls school, which had a smart navy, white and maroon coloured uniform (blazer, jumper/cardigan, shirt & tie or blouse, skirt. No more than 2" heels on shoes, skirts had to be at least knee-length, hair and make-up had to be "natural" and you were only allowed to wear a watch and one pair of studded earrings. The only thing we used to complain about was that we were never allowed to wear trousers, even had to wear skirts for P.E...

Sixth Form was a lot more relaxed, we just had to wear smart clothing (not necessarily suits), or a white blouse and black skirt for school concerts/functions.

My school required uniforms and I didn't mind it. In fact I quite liked the uniform, it was comfortable and smart looking.

as somone who has had to wear both an easy and loosley regulated "polo shit" and the painful "full on stockings, tie, shirt, skirt,jumper, blazer" thing I actually think they are a good thing

it cuts out the stress of what to wear, for some this is actually a pretty big deal, we are judged on our cloths/fashion and its somthing of an equaliser

that said though...I'm no prude but I remember how short the skirts public school girls skirts were...its like "dude..seriously?" they werent even skirts

All boys schools almost my whole life, always had a uniform, was always good.

Uniforms are good.

these results are interesting but not too unexpected. whatever dress code your school had, is what most people consider to be the correct one. well im going to deviate a bit. my school did not require a uniform but i think theyre a good thing. when i was younger uniforms seemed like the worst thing in the world but now that im older, there seem to be many advantages to a uniform. no one will be picked on because they arent dressed "cool," girls dont get labeled as sluts just because of the way they dress. id imagine you would save money on clothes. the only argument ive ever heard against uniforms is that kids cant express themselves through the way they dress...but this argument doesnt hold up. kids dont pick their clothes in a way that expresses who they are, they dress in whatever style is popular. if you look at it that way, all kids wear a uniform

Frankly, I think they're OK. I've been to school in both British schools that required a uniform and American schools that don't. People judge others based on their clothes, for whatever reason, and people I knew had their stuff stolen, in uniform, that obviously doesn't happen. So long as they don't require a fucking tie, it's cool with me.
I hate ties.

If I didn't have to wear a uniform back when I was at school then instead of homework I probably would have spent my weekends and after school planning what to wear - and if I had been a little more sensitive, probably shopping. If it takes your mind off what you're going to wear each morning, it's a good thing.

I liked our uniforms, probably because we were still given a decent bit of freedom in dressing ourselves- we had blazers, but never had to wear or even buy them, and we had two different jackets to choose from.

I think guys were even allowed to wear skirts, as long as we made clear it wasn't just a joke and we actually felt more comfortable in it.

So, uh, I vote that uniforms are cool, because it saved me the hassle of trying to dress decently 5 days a week. If a school had an optional uniform, I'd totally wear it anyway.

Yep, both my Primary and Secondary school required a uniform. I hated wearing a tie and blazer in Secondary, so much so that I hate wearing them today :/ (FUCKING PEANUTTING!)

My Secondary school was so stringent about it that if you had a blazer with the old badge instead of the new one you would get sent home.

Then again, what else could you expect from a school that was the second worst in it's Borough, and during the time I was there it had a turn over of about 50 teachers.

I loved it when I went to 6th form, College and University :D

Did not wear a uniform to school, but taught at a private school that had them. Cost could be an issue (but when you spend less on regular clothes, too, so it evens out) and it really did help a lot with bullying. I know part of a kid's life is trying out personalities and clothes, but at school, I prefer uniforms. It put everyone on equal footing and everyone was happier. I discussed it with the high school girls and they really did prefer it for social reasons.

There always are casual days, which are good too, but I am strongly for uniforms.

Consider many jobs require a uniform/certain dress-code, I don't see it as particularly a bad thing.

As long as the school lets students have whatever piercings and hairstyles/colours as they like, I'm pretty much 100% for uniform. Children/teens should be able to experiment with their look when they're young, before they hit the adult world and have to take their eyebrow-piecing out and re-dye their green hair.

I've seen a lot of variations over my school career. But I didn't mind the uniforms, and there was a bunch of positive aspects. I grew up at an inner city school that had some gang issues. The uniform cut out lots of that because you didn't have any visible gang colors of affiliations.

It eliminates people's economic status for the most part. If your all waring the same thing, then you can't be made fun of for not having designer cloths, or into the latest fashion.

Clothing is cheaper. My school's dress code was a white golf shirt (or dress shirt if you really wanted), black pants, and you had an option of wearing a green sweater if you wanted to.

aba1:
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.

What utter rubbish! If everyone is wearing uniforms it's pretty obvious that it's because they're part of an establishment, and people need to dig deeper to find out people's personality by actually... you know... talking to them. You talk of judgementalism, and yet you think someone's clothes are the biggest way to tell someone's personality!!?

Uniforms don't distort or suppress one's personality. If you have a personality, it will show in far more important things like how you act and speak. I've often found those that rely on image alone to sell their personality usually don't have much of one in the first place. You want less judgemental people in the world? Remove their ability to judge personality on sight, and get them to actually interact to work it out. And you know what system is perfect for that?

Yeah. Uniforms.

Another reason I'm for uniforms is one that has been mentioned a few times now, and that is not having to worry about what to wear. In primary school this probably wouldn't have been too much of a problem, most boys that age tend to just throw on any t.shirt because it's going to get dirty anyway, but in high school when you are in your awkward teens it's a bit more difficult. I remember having trouble figuring out what to wear on non uniform days and weekends, I couldn't put up with that five days a week, I can barely manage that now!

Squilookle:

aba1:
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.

What utter rubbish! If everyone is wearing uniforms it's pretty obvious that it's because they're part of an establishment, and people need to dig deeper to find out people's personality by actually... you know... talking to them. You talk of judgementalism, and yet you think someone's clothes are the biggest way to tell someone's personality!!?

Uniforms don't distort or suppress one's personality. If you have a personality, it will show in far more important things like how you act and speak. I've often found those that rely on image alone to sell their personality usually don't have much of one in the first place. You want less judgemental people in the world? Remove their ability to judge personality on sight, and get them to actually interact to work it out. And you know what system is perfect for that?

Yeah. Uniforms.

Yaaa you when I say your clothes define you I mean they show off your style. If I want to get to know someone new but have no idea who anybody is but there is someone sitting there with a video game t-shirt or a comic book t-shirt etc it is a good indicator that I may in fact have things in common with that person much more likely than someone else. There is a difference between full on judging someone based on their looks and saying hey they look like they might like this maybe we have something in common.

Yes, absolutely. As negligent as parents are these days, we can't trust children to show up to school dressed like civilized persons. I know this from exhaustive first-hand experience, for my high school was a complete toilet, right across the street from the housing projects. I once saw a girl in a shirt whose neckline had been cut as low as her abdomen, making her bra the only thing covering her chest. School uniforms take this out of their hands, thus preventing your school from looking like the Red Light district.

aba1:

Squilookle:

aba1:
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.

What utter rubbish! If everyone is wearing uniforms it's pretty obvious that it's because they're part of an establishment, and people need to dig deeper to find out people's personality by actually... you know... talking to them. You talk of judgementalism, and yet you think someone's clothes are the biggest way to tell someone's personality!!?

Uniforms don't distort or suppress one's personality. If you have a personality, it will show in far more important things like how you act and speak. I've often found those that rely on image alone to sell their personality usually don't have much of one in the first place. You want less judgemental people in the world? Remove their ability to judge personality on sight, and get them to actually interact to work it out. And you know what system is perfect for that?

Yeah. Uniforms.

Yaaa you when I say your clothes define you I mean they show off your style. If I want to get to know someone new but have no idea who anybody is but there is someone sitting there with a video game t-shirt or a comic book t-shirt etc it is a good indicator that I may in fact have things in common with that person much more likely than someone else. There is a difference between full on judging someone based on their looks and saying hey they look like they might like this maybe we have something in common.

The only difference is that first ice-breaker. That information can easily be gained through conversation anyway. It just encourages more interaction, and goodness knows schoolkids can use all the social skills they can get.

our school uniform was A blue or white shirt with the school logo and that was it the rest was up to you

eh went to both, and personally i fucking hate uniforms to high hell, i get so damn hot wearing anything but my clothes, i would sweat all over the place and on my tests because my taint felt like it was in an oven soaking up all the heat, so no, fuck that.

i'm not saying this is true everywhere, nor is my opinion worth more than anyone elses, but i've never seen someone actually get bullied for their clothing, if your that damn shallow about it then you're a douchebag, and if you let some random person saying "nice shirt, where'd you get that, at the toilet store!?!?*snickers*" offend you, then you probably needed that to get some thicker skin.

I know a guy, known him for about 10 years now, he's worn nearly the same damn thing every day of his life since then, and probably before then too, a *insert plain color here* dickies shirt with levi jeans and boots on, never seen him wear anything else, not even on graduation day, and i've never heard/seen anyone pick on him and he's getting along just fine being that way.

for personal reasons, i say fuck no to uniforms because they cause more problems than they are worth for me, but i'm not saying uniforms can't be used elsewhere, by all means, private school and british schools, do as you please.

I liked uniforms, it was quite cool that everyone managed to have their own take on something that was supposed to be the same.

And I know you asked the perverts to leave but damn, Some of the girls I went to school with looked their best while in uniform.

klown:
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.

This is the only concern of mine for uniforms. They should be supplied to all students free of charge/paid for by government.

The main reason i am for them , is the fundamental cruel nature of a lot of children. In social environments like school, the pressure to have the best brand names and what not on your clothing is overwhelming, and often results in horrible segregation of the rich kids and poor kids.

To an extent, the mandatory school uniform can limit the harassment/bullying/belittling of the less financially secure students as it gives more anonymity in that regard and puts the kids on a slightly more level playing field.

This all experienced first hand by the way.

In a perfect utopia, where all people are nice to each other and not bigoted at all, then it would not be necessary. But until that happens, i think school uniforms are a good idea.

I like the idea and I went to a few schools that required them.

Where I grew up a lot of people were poor and couldn't afford many new clothes, especially if they were name brand. But bullying (to a sad extreme) was common if you were unlucky enough to not have the right clothes or to not get them from the right store. One girl was spit on and chased out of a school dance because she got her shoes at payless.

The uniforms erased that stigma since everyone dressed the same and got the clothes from the same place. Plus nobody could tell if you wore the same clothes for a couple or few days because they looked the same.

Now I live in middle to upper-middle class suburbs and people get nasty with each other over what a person is wearing and where they got it from. A few kids tried to harass me because I wore the same pants for 3 days straight and another week I wore the same shirt twice. I think if everyone would require uniforms it would cut back on a bit of bullying in schools so I'm all for them even if they are uncomfortable.

aba1:
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.

To an extent they can be. But the kids who can't actually afford to buy clothes that may suit what they would like their style to be?

My style as a kid then would be "hobo" or something then, as we couldn't afford much, and i dressed out of thrift stores/op-shops. I could not pick and choose what i wanted to wear, i wore what fit and was in one piece.

generals3:
Never had to wear a uniform and i don't think i'd like it. And tbh, i have never seen lots of bullying due to clothing either, sure some times you may have had some teasing but i've never seen someone cry because he/she was bullied for his/her clothing.

I think uniforms solve an non-existent issue.

You are either very lucky, blind, or from a wealthy family and went to a school that had very little discrepancy between the wealth of it's students families, therefore eliminating the majority of the factor.

Kids are FUCKING CRUEL. Quite often because they don't understand the long term suffering that their cruelty can cause, but that doesn't change the pain that it causes.

I've been on the receiving end of this. It is degrading and horrible. I became quite a good thief in high school just to keep up with the people who "had". Looking back it's quite shameful what i resorted to to try and get out of the "gutter trash" stereotype that came with how i was financially forced to dress etc.

Basically, just because you may not have witnessed something or experienced something, does not mean it does not exist. That's like saying poverty doesn't exist because you haven't seen it in your neighbourhood.

I would say it more depends on the cost of said uniforms. If its a large lump sum, and the parent has to shell out for multiple of them, im against it. Otherwise, i dont see a problem.

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