Regardless of what school it is, can either help or harm a student in learning and affect their social skills. School uniforms should not be mandatory in public schools, because it may take the creativity out of the student, which may lead them to not like going to school. Without having a say in what they wear, it takes away their right in expressing themselves. Students may think they don’t need to compete with other schools when they are not wearing uniforms and bring unity in the school. With students wearing uniforms then it may cost more for the parents, especially if they have more than one child in the same school.
With school uniforms, there are many good and bad points of wearing school uniforms. Some may say that it could increase the student’s safety and decreases bullying. If all the students are dressed the same, then the students can’t focus their attention on their clothes; instead, they will focus on their classwork. It is said that when students wear uniforms that they have more school spirit, they take pride in their school. By having more pride then their attendance will improve and so will their discipline. It is said that if the students wear uniforms then it may save the parents money because they don’t have to compete with what the other students are wearing. Usually, parents must just purchase enough uniforms to last a week and they can do laundry on the weekend, so the students have fresh clean uniforms for the following week. With uniforms, the students will not spend so much time in the morning getting ready, especially with teenagers. This way they can sleep in an extra few minutes, so they can concentrate better at school.
With any subject, there are also disadvantages to them. All children are taught at an early age to be their person. By wearing uniforms, the students are not allowed to express their personalities. They are being told what to wear and according to students they are being delegated on how to act. Sometimes with uniforms, there are added costs to the family’s budget. If a family has more than one student going to that school, they will need at least two or three sets. That means this will add some stress for the parents. They must try and budget this into their monthly budget. Uniforms tend to become very uncomfortable at times. If the student is fidgeting all the time because their uniforms are feeling uncomfortable this will affect their learning for the day. Some cultures don’t believe in everyone wearing the same outfit, so this may become confusing for some of the students. Some students don’t like being told what to wear, so this may cause resentment towards the school and their parents. Some students from rival schools may bully kids that wear uniforms, because they may think they are different.
Schools that have a policy that all students wear a uniform may have some students resent them and start adding accessories, which in return may cause disruption will the school policy. The students may start to think that they can’t become their person, that they are being told what to do and what to wear. Children show their personality by what kind of clothes they wear and how they act. By putting them in the position to look like everyone else, they may start causing trouble in school. Students may think that they can’t express themselves when they look like the rest of the students. Some parents usually don’t want their children to not express themselves. Parents want their children to develop their personality, by wearing uniforms the children may not be able to bring out their personality. Regardless of whether it’s a private or public school, most of them are turning to the students having a uniform policy. If there isn’t a uniform policy, then they probably have a dress code the students have to follow or they get sent home and told to come back when they are dressed in the appropriate clothing.
- Connectusfund.org/20-disadvantages-and-advantages-of-school-uniforms, July 23, 2018, Natalie Regoli Vittana.org/18-significant-school-uniforms-pros-and-cons