May 28, 2015

Question of the Day: Should schools adopt uniforms to prevent dress code problems?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

Today students are protesting traditional dress codes at school through movements like#CropTopDay.

I asked if one solution to this problem would be for schools to start requiring students to wear uniforms.

What do you think? Tell me in the comments!

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commented 2015-06-01 20:18:13 -0400
Adam thanks for straightening that out. It makes a lot more sense when you relate it that way. I apologize for being so crass. I am sorry for your loss, I have never had the experience but my wife lost her father 6 months ago and still hasn’t recovered. My mom and dad have been married 55 years today. I dread the day I lose my mom since she is my strength. But I can rest assured that she has prepared herself for what is to come. I follow rules because I know otherwise people will be hurt or die. I’m not a minion but a servant. I challenge authorities to establish truth. God says hi back. Not to wonder why mom died but why you were born. (He said he liked her best) and that you should ask Him in the future. I understand that it is very difficult to lose a parent, and losing a child is even worse. Can you imagine how God feels when he loses one of his? God Love You
commented 2015-05-31 15:22:35 -0400
Thanks Adam for your last post. You are right about the responses in the video. Almost everyone agree with you.
commented 2015-05-31 10:59:28 -0400
This could result in a very useful teachable moment for entire school systems and a peek into how the real world works.
If you are an honour student you get to wear what you want to wear.
If you are not an honour student you abide by the normal dress code.
If you are a failing student, you abide by a special dress and grooming code with a signed off daily compliance check.
commented 2015-05-30 09:50:45 -0400
Adam said “I believe that rules were meant to be broken or challenged and that’s how change happens”. I would say rules should be challenged and reviewed on a regular basis. Then they can be changed were required. We have strayed a bit from the main question. My final thoughts will be this. My wife is a white African and her school system features uniforms. Her family was poor so she said uniforms did the following for her:-
1. you only needed two outfits and kept rotating them her parents could afford
2. you could hand down to siblings or friends
3. it was easy getting dressed in the morning

I will say this too. The girls were gorgeous there and did not need to compete with latest styles to look good at school. Yahoo.
commented 2015-05-29 22:14:49 -0400
No numb nuts I don’t get to wear loose clothing. I don’t get to do whatever I want. It’s called obedience and discipline.I have to follow rules “lord of the flies”. As far as the man in the sky, I’ll mention your name. Let me know how it turns out. Did you mention common sense?
commented 2015-05-29 20:07:38 -0400
Adam, you moronic retrobate. You obviously have not grasped the true definition of freedom. It doesn’t give you license to do what you want when you want. If you could follow ten simple rules then we wouldn’t need all this fucking government to make laws to keep idiots like you in check.
commented 2015-05-29 13:23:55 -0400
Interesting to read the comments on uniforms. There is the one point of view that depicts what we now have in the West which is I can do whatever I want no one better tell me what I can or can’t do. The new god which is me. Basically I don’t want the government telling me what to do on most things. Small government means less interference in one’s life. However the loss of all standards I believe leads to chaos. I like the comment by John on the military. You don’t need a uniform fighting terrorists in the low intensity conflicts that are on now but when the soldier returns to where the citizens can see him the uniform goes on and is worn with pride.
commented 2015-05-29 11:58:52 -0400
I think that if you are going to run a Uniform, that you should ensure it has enough variants to fit a number of personal styles, that are still within the dress code you wish to set. That said, you could likely accomplish this fairly easily by having sets for summer, fall, winter, and sports/gym wear.

As for makeup, if you want to wear so much makeup that you pretty much look like a clown, well, kids are already going to laugh at those people, and view them as strange anyway, so there is actually no need to put a rule against it in the dress code. This applies to piercings as well by the way.

I personally never felt intimidated by designer labels, and never bothered with trying to keep up and impress the other students around me, mostly because I would get a great laugh out of what they chose to wear in the middle of winter, standing outside waiting for the bus to take them home, and half freezing. Some weren’t even wearing winter boots “Cuz they’re so uncool!” These same kids forgot to carry an umbrella with them just in case of rainy days. If anything, it is for this kind of reason, I would like to see uniforms, so that kids are not out there freezing in winter, but as for rain gear, well, fools be what they are.
commented 2015-05-29 11:42:26 -0400
It’s time to eliminate the status that students give to designer labels and price tags. Student attention needs to return to what they are learning in the classroom rather than how they look when they are in that classroom.
It creates a feeling of "oneness and belonging ", every on the same team. As on atheltic teams, put on your uniform and you suddenly belong, a sense of loyalty emerges. As does an extra effort to perform at your best.
Uniforms add measures of safety in identical dress, children are no longer identified by their colours.
Uniforms also raise student’s expectations of themselves. When dressed neatly and seriously they tend,in most cases to behave seriously. They feel more confident in the way they look, and then feel more confident in themselves. Perhaps, most importantly, a uniform means that students don’t have to worry about peer pressure when it comes to their clothing. I know it won’t stop bullying, but the bully has one less target for their insults. It’s hard to make fun of what someone is wearing when you’re dressed exactly the same.
I guess some views are different on this subject. So, Adam, you have your vision of this so-called free society. I guess the next thing someone will be suggesting we remove the uniforms from our armed forces. But I’m sure they would appreciate fighting for our " free society " dressed like the rabble they’re up against these days.
Just my opinion.
commented 2015-05-29 10:11:46 -0400
I use to go to a school where uniforms were mandatory. I remember a girl on the bus grabbing the loose material on my pant leg and telling me she was making sure it wasn’t stretchy pants. It was a narrow escape that day as I did have one pair of stretchy pants I alternated between the two other cotton pants. So uniforms aren’t a solution to the fashion woes and the true irony was the girl who did this was not better off than my family. This story did raise a question in my mind though. Since going topless is legal in Canada however would the school system cope if someone decided to exercise their legal rights?
commented 2015-05-29 00:50:09 -0400
Uniforms work…in a poverty stricken country I lived in for years, all the kids wore uniforms in the public schools. It spared the poorest from being marginalized by their clothing, and the wealthy from flaunting it. It evens the playing field and helps in a lot of other ways…..
commented 2015-05-29 00:28:34 -0400
I don’t think it really has anything to do with living in a free country and wearing what you want but it sure saves a lot of kids from hearing mean spirited remarks from the best dressed in the school, and if you don’t think this happens you are sorely mistaken. All the kids wear the same uniform lots of issues solved. My daughter wore a uniform all through high school and it didn’t hurt her any. Uniforms really are a good idea.
commented 2015-05-28 21:13:22 -0400
“People should wear whatever they want.”
Yeah. Good luck with your career at McDonald’s.
commented 2015-05-28 19:59:05 -0400
Children from a young age know the prices of clothes, and there is sneering about “cheap” jeans, or running shoes, etc. We should have school uniforms for all the reasons mentioned. So many problems solved. Be creative in dress after school hours.
commented 2015-05-28 18:15:20 -0400
Everything old is new again. We went through it back in the 60s when HOT PANTS were all the rage. You can tell the breading of a person by what he/she wears, one should dress accordingly. On a hot day why would anyone want to wear tight fitting clothes.
commented 2015-05-28 17:52:56 -0400
I think the uniform-should be implemented for various reasons stated. My wife and I were educated in the U.K. and did not see it as a problem. It did solve a lot of problems though.Certainly didn’t appreciate Adam’s moronic statement. Sorry Adam, a bit too much.
commented 2015-05-28 17:39:24 -0400
Some schools are already wearing uniforms. To alleviate Adam’s concerns those schools required approval of the parents through a secret ballot.
commented 2015-05-28 16:22:23 -0400
I’m with you Ron Zager…when I went to school I was dead against it but when you consider the problems it solves it is really a good idea. No more conflict over what is worn…no disruptive fashion statements….no more class stratification… more envy and covetousness over “designer” clothing…simple budgeting for the parents….etc.
commented 2015-05-28 16:21:35 -0400
Another reason to go to charter schools.
commented 2015-05-28 16:18:17 -0400
Many years ago I grew up and attended school in the U.K. At that time, and it may still be the case, it was normal and conventional for pupils throughout the country to wear the uniform of their school, regardless of the school’s rank, and whether it was public or private. I didn’t appreciate it very much at the time, but I believe the rationale was not to de-sexualize the appearance of students or to curb their creative individuality. The uniforms were hardy, and not expensive to purchase (and clothing of some sort or another would be required anyway).

By having the same dressed appearance there was no such thing as fashion snobbery, a tactic that would otherwise be used to demean less fashion conscious students, or a student from a poor family would not be singled out and ridiculed because of his or her family’s limited means. On reflection, I believe that it was a good thing.

P.S. As an immigrant I’m not suggesting that this dress custom from another country should be forced upon Canadians, I’m just sharing an experience.
commented 2015-05-28 16:10:53 -0400
My kids all wore uniforms going to school in Africa. I say go for the uniforms. You get pride in your school inter alia promotes discipline.