School Uniforms are a mainstay of education in many parts of the world. The uniform can have some impact on the school experience, which makes us consider the pros and cons of school uniforms.
There are many benefits and we should require students to wear them.
School uniforms help avoid distraction.
Non-uniform regular clothing can be a distraction for students from the activities of learning.
Uniforms save money
School uniforms reduce the financial burden on students' parents
Uniforms save time
Enforcing uniform regulations takes less time than enforcing a standard dress code.
Uniforms make classrooms safer
School uniforms reduce violence
Uniforms establish a hierarchy
When students all look the same but teachers look different, a sense of hierarchy is achieved that instils discipline.
School uniforms create classroom equality
Having all students in the same clothing takes some of the socio-economic cues from fashion out of the equation.
School uniforms should not be forced on students.
A violation of students freedom of expression
School uniforms restrict students' basic right to freedom of expression.
Uniforms can have a negative effect on students' self-image
We all have different body types. Forcing students to wear clothes that don't match their body time can create feelings of embarrassment.
Students don't like them
Students don't want to wear school uniforms. So they shouldn't have to.
Uniforms don't prepare children for adulthood
In adulthood, children will have to choose their own clothes. Why take this away from them in school?
Uniforms are a financial burden on families
Uniforms are an unnecessary expense that puts more pressure on families that are struggling financially.
School Uniforms are impractical
They are not fit for purpose
School uniform policies violate religious freedoms
School uniforms are incompatible with preserving religious freedoms.
Uniforms are a weapon deployed to suppress the poor
Uniforms are a way to exert control over the poorest segments of society.
Schools should promote democratic values
Schools have the responsibility to promote democratic values. Uniform policies are at odds with that responsibility.
This page was last edited on Monday, 17 Feb 2020 at 08:46 UTC