Since the implementation of the first school uniforms, they have been a heavily debated topic and, until recently, used almost exclusively in private schools. In the last few years, more and more public schools have also been exploring the option of uniforms. Here we will discuss a few a few reasons why uniforms are important and promote learning for the students who wear them.
Reduces Social Tension
Keeping up with the latest social trends has been a contest in socioeconomic status, in fact, it is status that is the foundation of the fashion industry. Children attend school not to compete in fashion or to display their parent’s money. Wearing uniforms reduces the amount of mockery and ridicule that is inflicted on a child who is not able to afford the latest fashion trends from the best designer. Wearing school uniforms reduces students clothing expenses and the financial burden of clothing for their parents. School hallways are not meant to be runways, they are meant to be a place of inclusion, discovery, and learning.
When all students wear the same uniform, it creates solidarity. School uniforms promote the sense of oneness and inclusion, which leads to a heightened sense of school loyalty. When students feel like they belong and are loyal, they tend to do better academically. Providing a sense of school loyalty also helps reduce the prevalence of gang activity. Gangs typically use a specific color or brand to symbolize a member’s involvement. By keeping the option to flaunt it out of schools, it discourages involvement altogether.
When a child is eager to fit in, they may be distracted thinking about what they will wear the next day instead of what their teachers are attempting to teach. When uniforms are worn, there is never any doubt about what is appropriate and what isn’t. Uniform pieces won’t include shorts that are too short, tank tops that are spaghetti, or pants that are too loose or too tight. Children won’t have to wonder what their opposite-sex counterpart thinks of their attire since they will be wearing the same thing; the focus can get back to their studies and impressing each other academically.
Sets Students Up For Future Success
In the working world, there are very few jobs that don’t require a uniform to some extent. Getting used to wearing a uniform at school will set a child up for success when they start their first job. It teaches students to dress smartly and take pride in the way they look. Teaching children that there is a standard to follow with their attire will encourage them to consider their dress choices in all future endeavors.
Many arguments can be made against school uniforms such as taking away individuality and the upfront cost, but valid counterarguments can be made for each of those points. A lot of school systems are seeing the benefits and value in requiring uniforms. In some places, a dress code is a compromise between uniform and free-dress. Whatever your personal preference is, your child’s school’s uniform requirements have big goals in mind for your child’s success.