A shirt, tie and blazer may not be the ingredients for my favourite outfit, but if I were given the choice, I wouldnБt throw away the idea of school uniform. Wearing a uniform is a badge of pride, creates an identity for a school and is an important part of being a school student. БUniforms show that you are part of an organisation. Wearing it says weБre all in this together,Б Jason Wing, head teacher at the Neale-Wade academy in Cambridgeshire, says. БAlso, if you wear your uniform with pride, it means you are half way there to being respectful, buying into what the organisation is all about. ББ
Claire Howlette, an English teacher, agrees: БUniforms give students a sense of belonging to a particular school and create an identity for the school in the community. Б My school is one of many that seem to be reverting to a more formal uniform Б this September I will be wearing a shirt and blazer instead of my old jumper and polo shirt. A number of students have complained about the change, but general opinion is that the jumpers and polo shirts were БchildishБ. A school uniform teaches students to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance. Howlette says: БUniforms help students to prepare for when they leave school and may have to dress smartly or wear a uniform. Б that a school uniform can improve learning by reducing distraction, sharpening focus on schoolwork and making the classroom a more serious environment, allowing students to perform better academically. Perhaps most importantly, a uniform means students donБt have to worry about peer pressure when it comes to their clothes. When everyone is dressed the same, worrying about what you look like isnБt so important. There is no competition about being dressed in the latest trend, which would put a great deal of financial pressure on students and parents.
Potential bullies have one less target for their insults; itБs hard to make fun of what someone is wearing when youБre dressed exactly the same. In America, where a majority of schools do not have a uniform, roughly 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. This might not be directly linked to what theyБre wearing, but having a uniform can be a safety net for many students who might otherwise suffer from bullying. A strict uniform gives the impression that rules are strict too, perhaps helping maintain a sense of order at school. Although wearing a school uniform is less expensive than buying a whole wardrobe of outfits, uniform can still be pricey. Many schools have a specific supplier, and wearing cheaper alternatives can result in punishment if the black skirt youБre wearing isnБt exactly the right black skirt. Finding uniform that fits you, especially if youБre limited to one shop, can also be a struggle. Recently the about the cost of school uniforms across England. The education minister to end the practice of using a single uniform supplier, enabling parents to shop around for uniform. If schools decide to change their uniform, for example with a new emblem or colour, changes should be restricted to one or two items, preferably with sew-on logos. Changing from a one-supplier system could help families with the cost of school uniform. Although it might seem a shame to miss out on those two years of dressing as you like at school, I welcome the smart dress code. Not only does it make getting dressed each morning a lot easier, but it sets sixth formers up as role models for younger students, and thatБs important.
Macy Vallance, a year-eight student, says: БI like uniforms because everyone is the same and no one can be left out by the way they are dressed. Our new uniform looks smarter, which is good. Б My uniform might not be what I would wear in my own time, but it gives me a sense of belonging, takes away the pressure of what to wear and deters the bullies. School uniform isnБt fashionable, but thatБs exactly why I think it should be here to stay. Mandie Ho Kit-man, 16, Yes, students should wear a school uniform. Students always think uniforms bury their creativity and personality. But don t you think the unity makes the school looks tidy? Besides the tradition, school uniforms give students a sense of identity. I believe everyone would have the same feeling as I do. When I see someone wearing the same uniform, I feel familiar to them since we belong to the same school. We sing the same school song and gain daily knowledge in the same place. Makes it easier for us to be friends, right? Actually, there are many ways for students to show off their creativity. You don t have to do it with your uniform. You can display your ideas on how to study foranexam, how to win a game on sport day. You can stand out from other students by being confident, not with the way you dress. Furthermore, going to school is for learning, not for fashion shows. In addition, uniforms help to reduce the burden on your mum s pocket. Uniforms are made of durable material; they can last a long time. Instead of spending money on clothes each month, your mother can save moneyand buy only one uniform. Honestly, if students hate wearing uniforms that much, how come I never see students in their own clotheson Dress Casual Day?
It s only $20, much cheaper than you spend on a whole year s clothes,andit s for charity as well. Isn t it worth it? Thomas Li Chak-leung, 15, No, students should not wear a school uniform. The definition of a uniform is clothing worn by students to identify themselves as a student from a particular school. However, there is absolutely no need to wear a uniform as it suppresses individualism and does not give students the freedom to express themselves. Traditionally, uniforms may have been widely accepted in society, but now times have changed. In modern age, teenagers are encouraged to express their unique ideas and way of presenting themselves. School uniforms directly contradict this. Weshould notbe stereotyped to ancient principles and must abolish uniforms. Also, most uniforms are uncomfortable and bring distractions to students. Research has shown that in countries where schools do not have uniforms, casual wear has a much more positive psychological effect on students. They can learn and concentrate better! One may say uniforms promote a sense of belonging, but that is not true. A sense of belonging comes from your heart and not your appearance. Another point the opposition may bring up is that students may worry if they will be laughed at when wearing the same kind of clothes every day. Frankly speaking, this worryingis unnecessary because every student has the same problem and no one will laugh. To conclude, a school s aim is to educate students and provide a healthy environment for them to learn. We should let students wear something comfortable andsomethingthey like in class. If schools want students identification, why not just ask them to show their student ID card?