Advantages Uniformed appearance; Durability; Sense of belonging
Disadvantages Excessive cost in recession
Should school uniforms be abolished? In short: no.It is an issue of contempt among children and parents as to whether schools should have uniforms or not, I never had an issue with wearing a uniform when I was at school, looking back I am glad I wore one.
Uniforms provide a number of functions, the main is to provide a sense of identity and belonging to a school.If schools were to abolish the uniform, it would give students free reign to wear what they choose, this is fine perhaps for the first week of term, but I should imagine that it would quickly become a competition, who can wear the best and most expensive designer clothing? Who has style and who doesn't? Who can wear a different outfit every single day?
I'm sure a small percentage of children would be overwhelmed with the decision, but I certainly as a child wasn't from a well off family, my mum couldn't afford to buy me designer clothing, and a pile of washing every single day.Children from poor, or less well off families, will quickly be identified and no doubt be the centre of bulling campaigns and ridicule. Certainly in a school environment the uniform can remove socio-economic class barriers., if you all wear the same clothing, nothing immediately says 'that child has rich parents' or 'that child is poor'. (Imagine school/class photo days!)
The flip side I eluded to is the washing as well, school uniforms are generally designed for prolonged and extended wear and a high level of durability.Many parents complain about the cost of a school uniform, when you take into account how long a child will actually wear it for, considering growth (getting bigger). An example being do you really want to spend X number of pounds on a pair of shoes that the child will grow out of in 3 or 4 months time? I think it is worth it.
I wore a blazer to school, over a white shirt and tie, I loved my blazer because of the ample number of pockets, it allowed me to conceal my days supply of jelly beans! for the tedious lessons, and I now as an adult I also know how to tie a tie without thinking about it.One final point is that as a child I had no dress sense, and was fairly lazy in my choice of clothing, so the uniform(s) saved me a great deal of deliberation time.
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