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School uniforms: for or against?

March 31, 2010

By Tam Siu-ting, POCA Wong Siu Ching Secondary School

Uniform rule  is wearing thin

I don’t think secondary students should have to wear school uniform.

They are not fashionable, and this affects students’ attention span and self-confidence in class. So if I were principal, I would allow casual wear.

Although students will spend time comparing their outfits,  this will build relationships between classmates and boost their self-confidence, leading to better results.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    March 24, 2011 9:45 pm

    Oh wow, how I disagree with this post! Haha.

    I can understand why anyone wouldn’t want to wear school uniform – my tie is suffocating, and I hate having to tuck my shirt in and all that, but in the end, it’s a school, and I believe that formality is appropriate. You wouldn’t wear tank tops to an office, would you? Besides, everyone else is wearing the same thing, so it really can’t matter all that much if you’re not being “fashionable”.

    Simple solution to that, really: re-design your school uniform. Make it more fashionable if you need to. 🙂

    Like someone else said, once you’re allowed to wear casual wear, there’s going to be competition to see who has the best clothes – this could harm people’s self-esteem. I extremely doubt that this would “build relationships between classmates”; on the contrary, it could harm relationships. My teacher once said that in her day, whoever wore brown was immediately excluded. And besides, you might be spending too much time comparing outfits in school and thinking about what cool clothes to wear the next day instead of actually focusing in class.

    It might be old-fashioned, but it is tradition, and tradition is something we should respect. I personally like waking up in the morning and not having to think about what to wear! 🙂

  2. Hutchins permalink
    March 20, 2011 7:05 pm

    I don’t agree with your points.

    Firstly, the ‘uniform question’ does not include the factor of being fashionable. Besides, poorer families can’t afford to get their children nice and up-to-the-minute clothes like their posh and richer classmates. Now, I think that this is in fact what affects the students’ attention span.
    Secondly, you are right: Students tend to like to compare their outfits, so if a poor girl has to wear the same piece of casual outfit every few days unlike their fellow pupils, they might be unhappy at school with all those posh girls showing off their newest fashions. This hurts any child’s self-esteem.

    Therefore, I think that school uniforms are a good thing.

  3. Mark permalink
    April 10, 2010 12:55 am

    I don’t like wearing school uniform too, here is the reason.

    If you are a student from a school with high reputation, I think you are proud of wearing it.
    However, the plausible fact is, not all students are from elite school, those students may feel ashamed waering the school uniform which represents his or her school.
    Therefore, it comes to a problem of student segregation. The public will look down on the inferior and only pay attention to the elites. It is unfair to them.
    Once they are in their uniforms, they would be viewed as aimless, useless, problematic students. In fact, not all of them are! Some kind of respect should be paid, shouldn’t it?
    One way to do it is simply by taking off their uniforms so as to hide their identity.

  4. Affirmative side permalink
    April 8, 2010 2:45 pm

    Of course stuents need to wear school uniforms! They must behave good, like others should, or they might think it will ruin their school”s reputation, but but but shouldn’t they behave good to show pride to their school?????

  5. Dorothy permalink
    March 31, 2010 3:54 pm

    I think that it’s important for students to wear uniforms. You might doubt that school uniforms are not fashionable at all, but they are clothes that are always to the trend. I disagree that wearing uniforms affects students’ attention span and self-confidence in class because if they wear the same, they won’t have to waste time comparing with the others.
    Many times when we speak, we offend the others. When comparing their outfits, the relationships between schoolmates might deteriorate as arguments are likely to be raised.

    I believe that self-confidence is generated from one’s heart rather than the clothes a person is putting on. If the person is pessimistic on his/her own, his/her confidence won’t be built up at once simply because her clothes are nice; in the other way, if one is optimistic and very confident, he/she won’t have to put on glamorous clothing to gain recognition from others.

    Many problems shall be raised if there is no uniform rule at school. Students might waste plenty of time comparing themselves with the others, and their parents’ money to buy nice clothes in order not to be the one who seems to be in a lower class. If they spend time in this way, why don’t they seize the time wisely to learn new things? Moreover, some students whose family might not be as rich can only get their kids cheaper outfits. These students might be, in some way, labelled and discriminated by friends.

    Hence, I disagree that the uniform rule is too thin and should be amended.

  6. March 31, 2010 12:16 pm

    By Angela Ho, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

    I don’t agree that students should not wear school uniforms.

    Uniforms represent unity within a group. If casual wear is allowed at school, every student will wear something different. They wouldn’t look like they belonged to one group.

    Thousands of students go to school every day, and the easiest way to identify them is by their uniforms. If strangers or thieves entered the school, it would be obvious they didn’t belong.

    What’s more, uniforms represent the schools, so the public can easily recognise which school students come from. Whether students are appearing at an award ceremony or behaving badly, the public will know which school to congratulate or complain to.

    I also think students are more disciplined when they are wearing uniforms. Their behaviour directly affects the school’s reputation and image. I think when they’re wearing uniforms, they tend to behave better.

    • March 31, 2010 12:17 pm

      It seems this uniform debate is never going to end. Believe it or not, we were arguing it in my day. School uniforms look nice. Youths are encouraged to take pride in what they are wearing and to conform to a certain level of neatness. Once that one rule is taken away, the lines of dress code become very blurred.

      Then it becomes a matter of rules, rules and more rules. A dress considered too short this year might be acceptable next year. Bikini tops might be in this year, or it might be the fashion to wear your pants halfway down your knees. What a headache. What do our other readers think?

      Susan, Editor

    • haley moore permalink
      March 15, 2011 6:54 am

      i do totally agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO UNIFORMS

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