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The right to freedom of expression. That one’s a given. No one what’s to NOT have that right.
Why should the School Board tell us parents how to parent our own child. It is the job of the parent to teach our kids proper dress in
our communities. I have heard parents say it will be easier in the
morning to get ready because I will not have to fight with my child
about what they are going to wear. We say that is not parenting that is
taking the easy road out of teaching your kids right and wrong. Talking
with your kids about the way they dress is a growing process for both
the child and parent.
What to stop the kids from get a Guess/ Ralph Lauren brand polo shirt vs. a Wal-Mart polo shirt. The fashion parade is still on. These
shirt DO look total different. So what does that stop there with the
parents still having the kids asking for the high fashion clothes?
The other common theme I have heard is that it cuts down on bullying and cliques. An educator and a parent of children who have been through
private school (requiring uniforms) and public schools (for high
school) in Gainesville stated in the Gainesville Sun this past week,
that she can assure you this is a total myth. Uniforms have absolutely
no effect on bullying; students will always find ways to pick on
others. Students will still separate into their own cliques no matter
what they have on.
You will have created a new nightmare for teachers and deans who are now going to have to enforce uniform dress code violations. Your
teachers are already overworked and trying to eke out valuable teaching
time, why would you add another frivolous burden to their day?
A teacher wrote in the Gainesville Sun last week that she has observations concerning poor academic functioning in classrooms
settings were in no way related to what a student was wearing. It was
usually due to a lack of support at home, no positive role models at
home, differences in intellectual functioning, and often poverty. She
has yet to talk to a student who said their poor grade or participation
in a class was due to what clothes other students had on.
It is argued that uniforms will be less costly. This is truly another myth . Since many families live off hand-me-downs, Good Will and thrift shops, where
will the savings be? With the way children grow, what you buy at the
beginning of the school year might not fit at the end. And
hand-me-downs can even be educational and is teaching our kids to be
green. Also, children get clothing gifts from friends and relatives
from all over the country. Should our friends and relatives have to be
informed about the uniform code? Will the school help cover the cost
of uniforms? Many of the school in Alaucha County are Title 1
schools. If they School board that each Title 1 child can get funds for
uniforms for next year. There will be no money left to pay the already
under paid teachers. Now another blow to the parents. Kids are not
going to be wearing these uniforms out to hang with friends, movies,
church, and playing in after school, ect. So that means the parents
have to buy even more clothes for non school functions.
It is also supposed to be state policy that children get 30 minutes of exercise a day in school. Are collars best for vigorous exercise, especially in the Florida heat?
There is no good evidence that links school uniform to improved results. A few schools in the USA reported better test scores after
they started having uniform, but most of these made other changes to
the running of the school which could have helped instead. Studies
looking at lots of schools, with and without uniform, have not found
any link between what children wear and school results.
Wearing a school uniform is not good preparation for working. Only a few jobs require uniforms, and many of these are low-paid service jobs
– not what we want our young people to aim for. After all, their main
role-models at school – the teachers – don’t have to wear a uniform.
Well-paid jobs used to require a suit, but this has been changing in
recent years and smart-casual clothes are much more common now. Even if
you have to wear a suit, you still have a huge choice of styles, colour
and accessories with which to express your personality. This isn’t true
of school uniform.
I have a few questions! Would you argue or petition a dress code at your place of employment? Would you just down right refuse to wear company attire, dress in business attire or anything of that nature that your employer decided? Aren't our schools there to help prepare our children for the future? Most places of business that I know of, right down to walmart and Mc Donald's, have a dress code! So what if they ask the kids to wear uniforms. Asking someone to wear a uniform is not asking them to be someone they aren't or taking away their "creativity." If anything, it will make them strive harder to prove that creativity in a different way! That's just my opinion, I see no big deal in asking the kids to wear uniforms, especially if they can't follow the dress code that was set in the first place that would have allowed them to wear just about anything they wanted within reason.