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WHY “NO” TO SCHOOL UNIFORMS





The right to be someone, not to be like everyone else:

The right to freedom of expression. That one’s a given. No one what’s to NOT have that right.

Will be easier on the parent:

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.

Style:

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?
Nothing.

Bullying:

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.

Enforcing:

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?

Grades and Test Scores:

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.

Cost:

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.

Comfort:

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?

Do school uniforms improve children’s’ results:

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.

Are the uniforms a beneficial preparation for future careers:

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.


Karrie M

www.NoToPolos.com

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i 100% agree with this, thanks karrie.
Because we have so many parents that don't parent-- those of us in the classroom are tired of seeing the 3 "B's" and the distractions they cause--sadly it will inhibit most of the gang colors and items (not all but any little bit is helpful) ---and yes, we do have gangs and they are a problem. The uniform is not that big of a deal and honestly if the teachers can spend more time teaching rather than dealing with these things (won't even go to the cell phone problems because if I could I'd simply outlaw them at school period) I think we would have better situations. Sadly--we need it the most in the high school level but to be equal and fair to all then uniform code must include all--
Wow! A whole website devoted to this! Wouldn't it be nice if students (and I know it's not just students) could get worked up enough about these useless wars we are in, or the oil disaster that is possibly ruining entire ecosystems (both situations costing jobs AND lives), to start a movement?? Now those would be good causes to devote all this talent and energy to! When I saw the "hell no, we won't polo" protest sign in the paper, I thought, "Wow, don't try to tell me they are comparing this to Vietnam!" That would be such an insult to all those who were forced to fight and die. That may not have been the intent of those signs, but that was the immediate connection it caused me to make.
Yes it would be if we saw a decrease in apathy--but then it states that only 40 showed up in the article--just goes to show that it's yet another topic they could care less about. I think the parents of the younger kids are more worked up than any of the students. Interesting--isn't it:)
I wish we could get rid of the school uniforms but it seems kind of hopeless to me. Maybe some new school board members could reverse the decision?
Anything that will improve the learning environment in our public schools is something that I am all for. My daughter was excited about the uniforms until she heard other children in her class calling them "stupid." Will uniforms eliminate all the problems our teachers and children face on a daily basis? NO. Only parents can help solve those problems by parenting their children -- teaching them values and good morals; modeling POSITIVE behavior; explaining that there are rules that we don't always agree with but must follow.
there is no research that shows school uniforms improve learning environment.
I agree!

I would add one thing to "Enforcing". Before the change over to the "uniform" there was a dress code policy. If the school didn't fully enforce the dress code, what makes you think they will enforce the uniforms??? No only that, but the kids that broke the dress code, what makes the school think that those same kids won't break the uniform code?

Quote Cherie:
"--sadly it will inhibit most of the gang colors and items (not all but any little bit is helpful) ---and yes, we do have gangs and they are a problem."

This will promote the gang colors. Currently anyone can wear any color polo shirt. The board did give the school a choice to choose the colors to be worn if chosen, but that doesn't mean a hoot when it comes to gangs. Gangs will find a way to somehow alter their clothing. It may help some, but it will still be disruptive.

It just seems more and more that we are giving away our freedoms. America is the land of the free and free to choose. This is one more freedom that has been taken away. How many more freedoms are we willing to give up?
if i wanted my son to wear a uniform i had the choice of private school. now i don't have that choice. it doesn't seem fair.
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.
Melissa said:
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.

Well stated, Melissa! Everywhere I have worked has had a "dress code." It is a fact of life . . . there are rules. You either follow them or you face the consequences of YOUR actions.
That's why I don't like the idea of uniforms. You are already going to be wearing unfiorms as an adult. It seems like you'll be wearing unforms forever and ever. No breaks from the polo shirts and khaki pants. My uniform at 18 at Mr Donut was a polo shirt and khaki pants. Kmart. You guessed it. Polo shirt and khaki pants. My uniform at the Sheriff's office. You guessed it again. Polo shirt and khaki pants. Enough with the polo shirts and khaki pants. I despise polo shirts and khaki pants. I wouldn't mind the cute little catholic girl skirts for my daughter.

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