Against school uniforms

by paul_mariuta13 on September 11, 2013 - 11:57pm

Some of us may remember wearing those dreaful and plain blue uniforms back in high school. While they had some advantages, like the fact that students had an easier time in the morning to choose what they will wear, I feel like uniforms are, overall, not that great, for they transgress the student's right of freedom of expression. Teenagers are going through a period in their lives where they need to discover themselves and forge their own identity, and one way of doing so is by being able to pick what they dress with. After all, schools are supposed to be a place where diversity is praised. Also, one thing that bothers me even more is that the imposed outfits usually cost alot. Sure, you would still have to buy regular clothes that could cost just as much if there were no uniforms at your school but at least you are able do wear them on non-school days like the week-ends and summer breaks, therefore it is a more  favorable investment. In the end, as I've been a high school stundent as well, I know how bothersome the uniforms were and that is mainly why I decided to talk about them. 
 

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I Agree with you when you say that it is a time where individuals must express themselves and that uniforms hold them back from doing that, but I also don't think that wearing a uniform to school is a bad thing, from elementary to the end of high school we are not very mature, and if we all wear the same clothing for the same reasons than others wont be able to pick on one and how they dress. Uniforms have their pros and cons but personally as much as i hated wearing stockings and putting on a tie everyday i'm thank full that i didn't have to get up every morning to pick my outfit for school.

Personally, I have also worn uniforms in high school and know how frustrating it can be. I always thought it was dissuading students from being original and that it was not promoting individuality. However, the virtue ethics perspective needs to be considered. In fact, many schools choose to have uniforms to prevent students from judging or bullying other teenagers. I’m not saying your argument is wrong; I just wanted to point out another approach with a particular intention in mind.

First of all, if uniforms have been imposed in schools, it is not because the principals wanted to ban the right of expression, but probably more because students could not make the difference between casual and sexy clothes. There were too many girls dressed in mini-skirts, or in any other clothes that are completely inappropriate to wear in educational establishments. In high school, I had to wear a uniform too, and I loved it, especially because people could not judge you based on your style, on the money you had, or on the brands you wore.

I strongly agree that students in high school should be able to choose their own outfits instead of having them designed by the school itself. The teenage years are when people are able to discover who they really are through a process of self-exploration that can manifest itself through music, hobbies, and even clothes. Stripping them of their rights to this simple form of self expression, while effective at eliminating discrimination, will ultimately only serve to hamper their ability to define themselves as individuals, with their own tastes. This right will ultimately play a far larger role in their adult lives than their peers who would taunt them.

I agree that students should have the right to express themselves by wearing clothes they like. As you mention, it is easier and faster to choose what to wear before going at school. However, I disagree with what you said, it is not right to say that school uniforms are more expansive than regular clothes because people do not have to buy 10 t-shirt or 10 pants. They can only buy 2-3 of each one and buy regular clothes only for weekends. So finally, if kids go to a private school with uniforms the cost of clothes will be very similar. Therefore, some kids are bullying because of the style of clothes they wear. So I think that school uniforms break cycle of violence. As we can see, public schools are starting to have a uniform coding that students have to respect.

You can learn more about this topic on: http://www.eduguide.org/article/should-kids-wear-school-uniforms

Hi paul_mariuta13,

First, I like the subject you are talking about and how you did bring it. It is, in fact, a subject that is very discussed right now. The thing is, in the article you put as your source, there were plenty pros of school uniform but you skipped them going straight to the cons. You only took the side of the article that had the same point of view as you, while there was clearly the other side of it, it isn't to your advantage at all. If you want to prove even more your points, you could have used other articles in addition to the one you already have to support what you are saying. There is, https://www.liveabout.com/the-arguments-against-school-uniforms-2101087, also, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/16/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/17Runiforms...., supporting the same idea as you, the cons of school uniform. Using these other articles, you would prove your point more.

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