Two weeks ago, the thought of school uniforms crossed my mind. Last week, the 4th – 6th grade choir, band, and orchestra students at my kid’s elementary school put on another amazing concert. I had always heard how wonderful the school music program was and after witnessing it for the first time last year, the reputation is well deserved.
My neighbor’s daughters are all graduates of the same elementary school and are now off in college, with the exception of one who graduates this June. When my daughter stopped by to sell them a few $1 chocolate bars, they bought $6 worth and came over the following day with an additional $100 donation.
How about that!
Of course I love the high quality, free music instruction our kids are receiving but I also loved that my daughter had to wear a black choir polo shirt and black pants to school for the two days they were in concert. Why, you ask?
Because there was no fighting about her clothing selection.
It was two days of peace.
I loved knowing what she was going to wear each day. I actually think she took pride in it. I’ve always felt that she loved wearing her soccer, softball, or hockey uniform more than playing each sport she wanted to participate in. It’s like she loved, but would never admit, feeling part of the team.
I asked my daughter what she thought about wearing a school uniform and she didn’t balk at the idea, so I think she would like it. Me on the other hand would absolutely LOVE it!
I polled the mothers in the VS Mom’s Facebook group looking for feedback about how they felt about their kids in public school wearing uniforms. While the majority of moms were all for it, others were dead set against it.
Some said it would limit their creativity. Others said:
“I strongly agree with the notion of children wearing uniforms to school as it promotes uniformity, dignity, productivity and cohesion in learning. Therefore, children devote more attention to learning without being bothered by what he/she is wearing because everyone basically looks the same.” – M.A.
“I love the idea. I will not only be saving more money for my kids college but I will end the battle between kids as they will all be equal. No worries about fashion, brands and nonsense.” – R.J.
“Here for it as long as there is a dress down day on Fridays.” – N.R.
“Additionally uniforms are expensive. White shirts on my boys? Not a great idea. It turns gym and recess into a less fun event because they won’t want to mess up their clothes. Kids will always find ways to differentiate themselves as they find themselves. Jewelry fads and other replacements would replace the clothes. It will come out in other ways. Mean kids will still be mean, nice will be nice. I don’t think it would change anything.” M. J.
“I think a dress code or uniform would be a good idea, it would create less of a distinction between those with money and those without, it’s easier for parents, and most jobs when they are older have some kind of dress code or uniform so why not.” – R.M.
I think unis would cut down on bullying and some judgement. Although kids would definitely find another way to judge others like adults do. I’m just keepin’ it real.
My personal opinion on what the kids should where is a blue, black, or tan khaki pant or skort and a matching colored polo. I do like the idea of them dressing casually on Fridays but within reason. When I posed the question, it was targeted to the elementary schools. I have walked the halls of the high schools a few years ago and clutched my pearls at what some of the “ladies” were wearing.
I don’t think some parents know what their girls are wearing at school. You may want to do a pop up on occasion.Some of them change clothes when the go to school.
How can you go about changing your school’s dress code? I would start with your principal and then work your way up from there. The annual school vote/budget is in May. I wonder if it’s too late to get this on the ballot?
Just thinking out loud…
What do you think about our kids wearing school uniforms?