I have attended a variety of schools in my life. In one of my schools, it was required that students wear uniforms. In my opinion, uniforms have many pros and cons. Is it more productive academically for students to wear uniforms? Does it cause less distractions, and maintain a better schooling environment?
As a teacher and a parent at my school I love uniforms. Personally I think our new uniform policy is too loose - ANY solid colored shirt and khaki or navy bottoms - anything but sweats basically( and of course now many try to push it into designs on the clothes etc..) There is still a LOT of individuality and it doesn't break the bank.
I preferred however, when they could wear about a dozen different kinds of shirts with the school logo and still the navy or khaki bottoms. As a teacher I didn't feel I had to police the uniform as much. As a mom, I seem to be spending a little more on clothes now than I did with the old guidelines.
My kids are also basically scholarship kids at an expensive private school - we can't afford expensive brand names - I'm glad that my children don't feel like they have to compete. . .
I am a private tutor for a 3rd grader who attends a private school and, of course, she has to wear uniforms to school. I definitely agree that uniforms provide an environment where children will feel included and not have to compete with their peers to have the latest brand name clothing or accessories. On the other hand, I don't believe that uniforms stop this "competition" to have the best and newest things completely. Children still have that tendency to feel as if they need to have the best toys or gadgets and I often hear them being teased if they don’t have those things. Uniforms may be a good idea, but they won’t solve everything!