Many parents often ask why children should wear a specific type of school wear every time they go to school. What utility does it offer? And can he or she just do without it? Many parents even fear that wearing a uniform may in some way be turning them into a zombie. Questions like these have turned school attire into a full-fledged media debate and a discussion that seems to be raging on every internet forum. In this article we will discuss both the pros and the cons of school wear.
The emphasis on dedication
Just going to school is not seen as something casual because it happens to impact every aspect of a child’s life. This is why a school needs to be a place where careless attire is not allowed because this is where children need to have a serious committed behavior towards everything. The uniform according to proponents of the ever increasing drive to get children to wear uniform to school encourages serious behavior. This equates to school being similar to what is the parent’s equivalent of a workplace.
School wear improves discipline
The problem with schools over the past four decades is that discipline has been deteriorating gradually over the years. The school system is now at a point where it relies on parents to install some discipline in their kids. However, for parents that stay out and work most of the day instilling any type of discipline in two or more kids can be difficult which makes the task for teachers formidable especially when they are dealing with 40 children in each class on average.
This is why discipline is on the top of the school system’s priorities.
Helps to mitigate both aggression and violence
Bullying in school seems to have exponentially increased a lot of which is influenced by clothing habits that trigger this behavior. Mainly because children with superior clothing will end up taunting the ones who are less fortunate. Also, all the kids with trendy clothing may form groups as well as gangs which can easily contribute to a fair share of school violence, aggression and discrimination all of which takes the emphasis of school off education.
Helps to eliminate distraction during the learning process
Kids in school shouldn’t be encouraged to wear trendy and vogue outfits. Indulging in various latest clothing trends can cause a distraction from the real purpose of attending school i.e. getting an education. So, the school wear policy helps to enforce just one style and trend across the entire school. This does away with the notion of buying and wearing branded clothing to express a higher status quo or better taste in fashion.
However, one of the downsides is that it throws individuality and self-expression out the window for kids.
They are relatively cheap
School wear happens to be a lot cheaper than if your child wanted to wear the latest designer clothes to school just because everyone else was. Also the economies of scale help to make uniforms cheaper to purchase, resell and replace. Because uniforms are made from special materials that easily support many times of wash and wear them are a lot more durable than regular clothing.
Helps to install the school sprit
When everyone is wearing the same school uniform it helps to develop a sort of affiliation and an overall sense of belonging. The logo on the uniform becomes an inseparable part of a child’s life. This is something that many children will feel even after they graduate which helps build a stronger community as a whole.
It can suppress individuality
While school wear will help to ensure that no one feels superior to the other because they are wearing better clothing it does suppress individuality, self-expression and eventually creativity. This means that everyone starts to comply without exception something which can hinder a child’s development of his or her own natural talents.
Many rebellious students, especially teens may not want to be compelled to wear a uniform. So, as opposed to being submissive they may become rebellious which makes the job of a teacher that much more difficult in class.
No hardcore study to substantiate most claims
Despite schools emphasizing that students should wear school uniform Lowes likes to point out that there is no study to justify any of its benefits. There is no guarantee that wearing a uniform will in fact improve academic leaning and not wearing a uniform will impede it.
Mark is a child physiologist with over twenty years of experience working as a school counselor. Over the years he has studied the effect that school wear has on different types of kids. He has also authored a number of articles and periodicals on the subject.