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School uniforms

August 27, 2009
By Anonymous

Parents always talk about how If schools had uniforms, everything would be so much eisier. You wouldn't get caught up on looks and would learn the skills you need. I disagree with this, I think that school uniforms would put a restriction on our creativity. We dress the way we do for a certain reason.
Clothes give us expression and the ability to use color and patterns. The first impression we get of people is usually clothes, facial expression and language. If we all wear the same thing we don't get to really see what people are like on the inside. Usually girly girls wear pink and frilly things. Skaters wear baggy pants and goth usually wear black. Clothes don't distract us form learning the studies we need to, it simply lets us inspire our imaginations and lights up our worlds.
putting school uniforms into order would probably make us rebell against it and we would only be able to express our creativity in things like art and music. Because of the current economic situation most art and music programs are being cut from schools because there is simply not eneough money to support them.

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on Feb. 20 2011 at 10:40 pm
Honestly, I don't see why people make such a big deal out of uniforms. I go to a private school and therefore, I wear a uniform. I love my uniform, not because it's attractive (because I promise you it's not), but because it makes my life easier. I can sleep later in the morning and not have to worry about picking out clothes for school. As far as self-expression goes, the uniforms are ONLY for school, which is a pretty bad place for "expressing" yourself since you're required to submit to multitudes of dresscodes and rules anyway. Just go home and change afterschool, its obviously not an obligation to wear a uniform after dissmissal. In addition to that, wearing a uniform only allows me to put more thoughts into my outfits when going out with friends or when my school has a dress-down day, due to the fact that I don't get to or have to do so all the time. And because I'm putting more effort into it, it's more self-expressed than people that are re-wearing outits and not putting this individual care into each and every ensemble you leave your house in. None of you should bother writing comments about how much uniforms "suck" or how absolutely terrible they are unless you've gone to a school with a uniform. And most people that have really don't mind them.

on Feb. 10 2011 at 10:48 pm
SeerKnowsBest SILVER, Pryor, Oklahoma
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i have so many favourite quotes, but one that has stuck with me for years is " to die would be an awfully big adventure" -peter pan, Peter Pan, j. m. barrie

uniforms don't make things better. mean people are still mean no matter how they are dressed

on Jan. 25 2011 at 7:52 am
dairishman BRONZE, Brandon, Florida
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uniforms can blow me!

thomas8000 said...
on Jan. 22 2011 at 11:52 pm
thomas8000, Christiana, Tennessee
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diversity, always makes ya smile dont it?

yes that is true. any one who dares to put out "the clothing does not affect what you bring out" is completely blind. They dont know and we dont know how someone is if we dont see their style/personality.

mariaa BRONZE said...
on Dec. 19 2010 at 10:24 pm
mariaa BRONZE, Tucson, Arizona
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Rise to the occasion, which is life

I agree, my school have uniforms, I have them, we can only wear maroon and khaki. I hate, alot, but my friend thinks I'm weird cuz I dont like uniforms. She's says ppl can make fun of you more, ppl can see if you have money issues, but I dont see it like that. I see it, as with uniforms, you r the same as the next person, with w/o uniforms, you r all different from eachother.

maddie3712 said...
on Dec. 13 2010 at 11:37 am
i wouldnt like a uniform because it would keep us from expressing ourself

period 8 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 3:12 pm
People would be depressed if they are not allowed to dress how they wish.

period 8 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 3:10 pm
I feel as though many school related problems would cease to exist and kids would have a better chance for success.

period 7 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 2:18 pm
In the real world, for the most part, people are not required to wear matching uniforms. People prefer to judge others and be judged as to what they wear.

period 7 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 2:15 pm
I think school uniforms are a good idea because you don't get judged by kids and there would be fewer socail related problems at school.

period 6 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 1:25 pm
School unifprms are ugly and everyone wearing the samr thing is boring. Uniforms do not show your true passion for fashion and color.

period 6 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 1:23 pm
I like the idea of uniforms because people do not judge you and money is not an issue.

period 4 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 12:04 pm
Not having school uniforms allows students to express their individuality and allows students to their personality.

period 4 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 12:02 pm
I agree with the idea of school uniforms because they do equal the playing field and are functional and appropriate.

period 3 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 11:16 am
Clothes show what kids like to do and define their personality and personal being.

period 3 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 11:14 am
Uniforms equal the playing field and people don't judge you by the clothes you wear.

period 1 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 9:32 am
I think dressing how you want does not affect school work, and people shouln't judge you on how you look.

period 1 said...
on Nov. 29 2010 at 9:30 am
People focus too much on their clothes and don't focus on school.

ktdancer95 said...
on Nov. 28 2010 at 7:52 pm
I disagree. Wearing uniforms isn't that big of a deal. They make life easier in the morning and they force students to focus on classwork, which is, in fact, the reason we go to school. There are plenty of better ways to express yourself. What someone wears doesn't always reflect what they are on the inside, if anything clothes give others the chance to 'judge the book by its cover.' With uniforms, i guess we have to actually get to know people, not a bad idea.

DD99 said...
on Nov. 26 2010 at 8:51 am

I think that schools which have had uniforms as a part of their tradition, should allow the students a bit more in the way of freedom of expression, such as allowing a casual clothing day, as is done in the USa.

But then, I am from a school system, where you started school at *, and graduated at 20, and the only days you got to wear anything outside the uniform, which was mandatory, was on holidays.

The school I went to was both a "boarding school - military academy", where in the majority of the student body, stayed at the school for the full length of their education, while those who lived with-in easy commute, got to go home on weekends.  The downside of this, was that from my graduating class of 300 students, 90 of us wound up going directly into the military, thru training, and then to VietNam.

The others had better scores on graduating, so they got to attend college, before going into the military - of which only 75/80 actually went into the military.