Pros and cons of school uniforms

The article presents the arguments for and against the school uniform. Basically, we do not mean a uniform form, but a dress code, which is recently called for in schools.

Almost half of the last century in schools, children were obliged to wear uniforms, and not just any and not by somebody’s decision and desire, but almost completely uniform throughout the vast country. However, they came up with this not in the same country, but even earlier – before the revolution, the gymnasium and gymnasium students, lyceum students and other students also wore a strictly defined form, though somewhat more diverse. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, all spheres of life were touched by freedom and relaxation. At that time, almost all schools refused to form at all and did not put forward practically any demands on their students’ clothing, occasionally some people categorically tried to forbid only wearing jeans. However, the generation that studied at that time, the

school has long finished.

And now a very large part of schoolchildren do not wear everyday clothes during class. Uniform state requirements, however, do not exist. Moreover, the child has no right to refuse to receive education by law on the grounds that he is somehow not so dressed. So any school requirement for clothes can be challenged. But in fact, on September 1 it is already difficult to see a child dressed freely. Although modern children in school dressed clearly more stylish, interesting and diverse than 30 years ago.

And yet, there are advantages in this, but there are disadvantages, although the demand for a more rigorous appearance could be said to have won. We will understand a little more.

Those who are against the school uniform usually argue this as follows. First, external uniformity kills creativity in children and hinders the development of individualism, and also prevents the development of taste in clothes, since the possibility of experiments is limited. Secondly, in the purse of parents, the requirement to have in a children’s wardrobe not only ordinary clothes, but also

special school clothes, can have a negative effect. Thirdly, children do not cease to notice the difference in social status and family prosperity, as there are many other things that clearly indicate this. Fourthly, the strict “office” style that is most often required by schools can be uncomfortable and inappropriate for very young children, and besides, one of the grown up children may have to dress in this way in a similar way most of life. Like, why torture them since childhood. Well, fifthly, if the student is going somewhere directly after school, he either has to go there in school uniform, which may not always be convenient, or he will have to wear a replacement set of clothes and somewhere to change clothes, or run for it in addition home, if at all possible.

However, there are many advantages in this phenomenon. And it seems that they outweigh.

One of the main arguments is social equalization. Of course, it is not complete, as there are still portfolios, accessories, telephones, and the form itself is rarely strictly defined, hence, it can be changed more often by those who have such an opportunity. However, when all are dressed in a strict style, there are fewer and fewer reasons for boasting of security or a sense of inferiority from the worst financial situation in the family.

The second, also important factor, the influence of a more strict style of clothing on the discipline of children, and more uniform appearance on their cohesion. Clothing in general often affects the behavior of a person – in formal dress by itself somehow ennobled gait and posture. Lesser diversity around, in addition, creates favorable conditions for concentrated work and promotes concentration of attention.

It can also be noted that the requirement to wear clothes of a strict style in a school, instills in children the habit and to dress appropriately in official institutions.

In addition, such clothes develop a good taste of students. And the presence of a school uniform allows parents to save on children’s clothes. True, the last two facts can be challenged, but there is definitely a grain of truth in these opinions. School clothes, not strictly defined, but simply sustained in a specified style, besides it will be appropriate to look and in other places.

In some schools the form is introduced strictly defined sometimes even with the symbolism of the institution. Given certain complexities, organizational and possibly material, this approach has a positive side: often pupils wear the uniform of their school with pride. It distinguishes them from others and symbolizes belonging to a particular educational institution.

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Pros and cons of school uniforms