I am really not excited about the uniform. Dd is a kid who expresses herself through her clothes, but she is happy to shop at thrift stores and get hand-me-downs. We are spending more money on uniform clothes than we would have on regular school stuff, and it is ugly! Her school is just requiring navy, white, or gold tops and navy or khaki bottoms, so it is flexible...but boring. Why are uniform colors never pink or purple! So sexist! I'd rather just have a required uniform jumper really.
Oh well...anyway, to answer your original question, I would first check the regs for your school system. If they are ok with uniforms, or at least optional uniforms, I would check with the PTO.
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I went to a public school and a Catholic school growing up and we were poor in a rich neighborhood so it was actually nicer wearing a uniform.I hated the colors I had to wear but by the time I graduated they had changed them and gave us more choices.It was nice not looking like the poor kid cuz I couldn't afford the jean of the moment (remember Guess?) and I didn't have to plan an outfit out the night before.
I also worked at a public junior high school as security in an area that had some gangs.When they switched to uniform it was (and still is) optional theparent just had to sign a waiver.The uniform was just a polo shirt with the school mascot like the Lacosta alligator worn with whatever bottoms they chose.The students were sooo different.There were less fights.
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I agree with it. I have volunteered at schools and honestly, the way some parents dress/allow their kids to dress scares me to death. I don't think my kids need to go to school somewhere there are 7yo gils wearing Porn Star shirts.
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My dd attends a public charter school and they have uniforms, too. I love it! I just bought her 3 uniforms last year and they are still in great shape and will be passed on to her sister. I just made sure to wash twice a week! She has lots of choices: skirts, shorts, skorts, pants, or pinafore/jumper. White or red shirts, polo or blouse. White or black shoes. In the winter pants or jumper/pinafore with tights. She has no problems with the uniform at all, but does enjoy the free dress days.
Our public school has a strict dress code which requires PLAIN clothing (no screenprints, etc.) That is very hard to shop for! A uniform would be easier.
|As far as people who don't like it, I look at it this way- if you worked in a hospital or were a police officer or even worked at Burger King, you'd have to wear a uniform. It is part of your job to show up wearing that uniform.|
|though it doesn't totally alleviate that pressure. I had a friend who went to an exclusive all girls school. Yes, they wore uniforms, but they had to have designer purses, shoes and expensive make-up.|
I don't really by the "easier to pick clothes in the morning" as a valid justification either. My kids seem to have no problems knowing what they want to wear. The only times it is a fight for them to pick is if they're tired because they didn't get enough sleep & that issue would be there with uniforms.
However there are provisions in place for families who cannot afford to dress their kids in the standard attire. There is also an "opt-out" for religious reasons.
My kids go to private school, but if they went to public school I would STILL be in favor of uniforms.
I live in an area where many of the schools are comprised of a large percentage of children who receive free lunch. To get free lunch in my state, your income must be below a certain level ( determined by how many people are in your family.) I feel that in areas where many parents are already struggling financially, school uniforms make it far easier for parents to clothe their children for school. The can also be handed down amongst families. The school also collects uniform donations and many organizations collect uniforms and school supplies to donate to families who may not otherwise be able to afford them. So perhaps when I say it is "easier" to get dressed in the morning I am thinking of those who may not be able to afford lots of choices for their children. No one can make fun of you for wearing the same item too many times when you're wearing a uniform. I think this can keep the children from judging a book based on the cover. Perhaps they can then learn to get to know someone before they make judgement.
I am sort of on the fence about it. I can see the benefits-no social stigma tied up in clothing issues, no class/status seperation, less cost for parents, less time getting ready in the morning. It all sounds good but the whole uniform thing just rubs me the wrong way on an emotional level.
I really like that my daughter gets to be an individual and express herself through her clothes.
Could be that I went to uniform schools and hated them with a passion. So, maybe I am just projecting!
That would really really bother me for so many reasons. I assume it's to keep an eye on what kids are bringing to school?
|Why are uniform colors never pink or purple!|
It's a public school and the "uniform" is solid navy, white, kelly green, pink or khaki clothes. No logos bigger than one inch square (except school t-shirts). Many of the public schools in our area have uniforms so the discount stores have lots of clothes that fit the requirements.
I would have hated a uniform as a student, but I like it as a mom.
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