Mandating school uniforms

20 Apr

Some of the them also go on to say that uniforms are culturally incorrect especially in countries like USA, Canada & UK where people from different cultures live (or at least try to) in a harmony. As I write this, I am itching to lay down my points against this baseless criticism but just have to keep my writing in flow.

History of School-Uniforms Before giving you the history of uniforms, allow me to slightly drift away from the topic…

By wearing a uniform, pupils are bound together by what they're wearing and will feel closer together.

By allowing pupils to wear what they choose, cliques develop based on clothing, and this will disadvantage poorer students as well as teaching children to make judgements on what someone wears.

At that time I had little or no knowledge of what she is actually trying to say.

Educational psychologist and TODAY contributor Michele Borba thinks uniforms are a good idea because they create “emotional safety at a school, which is pivotal to learning.” Having kids wear uniforms will reduce bullying because kids won’t pick on each other for how they’re dressed, she said, and in urban settings, gang affiliation through dress will go down as well. “It gets down to, ‘Let’s focus on the thing we’re supposed to be doing, called learning,’” she said.

But child and teen development specialist Robyn Silverman said uniforms aren’t always the answer. While she said she loves individuality, Borba said a new mindset is needed.

Mandated school uniforms are common in some districts, while other campuses may just have loose guidelines, or a specific dress code for students to follow.

Despite the debate, there are advantages and disadvantages to requiring students to wear uniforms to school.