Thursday, April 7, 2011

From Abercrombie To School Uniforms…What’s Your School Policy?

By Dupé Aleru|April 7, 2011|8:12 a.m.

School uniforms seem to continue to be one of the “hot topics” in today’s schools. Of course, there are always two sides to every story. Some seem to be pro uniform, while others can state his/her reasons to oppose such a rule for any given school, respectively so.

Let’s take a look at the pros. Those who are in favor of school uniforms seem to think that such a consistent force of “equality” amongst students will solve most discipline problems in a school environment. Of course “we” know that this is not true, but perhaps it does have a tiny bit of influence in some discipline areas such as gang attire, social class discrimination and the like.

Some might feel that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Here, one can argue that school uniforms are: high in cost, students lose their freedom of expression and no studies show the decrease in bullying due to school uniforms (students will find other means to antagonize).

But the truth of the matter lies ahead…

What comes to one’s mind when one hears the words Prada, Gap, Abercrombie, True Religion or H & M? We live in a society where BRAND is everything, especially to children in their teen age years. Every young girl wants to have the latest fashion and every young boy wants the latest gadget.

In our “Forever 21 and iPhone” era, it’s hard to tell a high school student that they must put away their fashionable clothes for the weekend and dress like everyone else during the week. Where’s the freedom of expression, some might ask? Teenagers love to feel unique, special and popular in his/her individual way.

Wilson High School in Long Beach, CA is one of the few high schools in the United States that require school uniforms. I live down the street from Wilson and let me tell you, students that age will find creative ways in make a “once school uniform” into his or her own style—short shorts, mini-skirts, spaghetti straps and sagging pants still exist amongst school uniforms.

The fact of the matter is school uniforms will continue to make headlines across the nation as more public schools adopt the policy. What is your take on school uniforms? I’m curious…

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