There has always been a debate about the question – Should students wear uniforms to school or not? Teachers and parents are always trying to find the best possible solution for these children, but are uniforms really a good idea? There are several reasons as to why kids should wear uniforms to school. Here are some of those reasons, you decide.
Budget and Time Saver
It is possible that a family could save a lot of money if they place their children in uniforms. In no matter what financial situation the parents are, they can always be assured that at least their kids will have clothes to wear to school. Buying uniforms, used or new ones that can be handed down is usually a more affordable and economical solution for most families.
Every morning, children can be prepared for school faster. They will not have to choose between various clothing styles, and there will be no debate about what to wear. If the home budget is bigger, and parents wish to spend it on their kids, they can certainly go out and buy them interesting and fashionable clothes for their extracurricular activities.
If the child protests to the use of uniforms, the parent may wish to explain some of these reasons to the child as to why uniforms may be necessary for them. But Typically if the child doesn’t know any other way, this rarely becomes an issue.
Uniforms are also a wonderful answer to creating a sense of equality for most youngsters. Feeling equal can be a very important part of life, especially during adolescent years. Historically there has always been a lot of teasing and sometimes even bullying situations in schools, about certain looks, clothing styles, etc. Wearing a uniform will usually prevent most of these kinds of situations, where every child has the same wardrobe. Uniforms typically eliminate all of these factors while offering the feeling of being a part of something. Youngsters whose families who might not be able to afford a variety of wardrobe choices will not have to worry about others knowing their particular situation.
Better Classroom Environment
Teachers who support uniforms point out that when kids wear uniforms, there is a certain dress code control. That dress code control has an influence on the behaviors of students. Some studies have shown that students in uniforms behave much better, and they have more discipline. Thereby wearing uniforms can often improve and boost school spirit.
After high school, there is usually college and then work. When young people start to work, there is a great chance that they may have to wear uniforms to their jobs. If they have been wearing uniforms throughout their formidable years, they will often be even better prepared for their future jobs, and they will accept uniforms at work much easier. Many business organizations, stores, and restaurants require that their employees wear uniforms. These businesses often require a uniform look that offers the company some type of branding that their clientele can easily associate and identify them with as well as giving them the professional look they desire.
In most Latin America countries it is normal for children at all public schools to wear uniforms. Typically these are poorer countries than here in the United States. These countries have found that it is both economically sound for the families who live there, but too that it helps these children create an identity that offers a feeling of pride and security for them as well. Public schools here would do well to follow their example. The initial costs would certainly be offset by the long term savings and it would really be a great solution, for the parents, teachers and of course the kids.
A side benefit to this would be that this action would result in an increase in business for school uniform manufacturers in this country. The uniform industry here would no doubt get a boost from it and more jobs for Americans could be created.
Also, discipline and order in school will be improved, parents will benefit by being able to save more money by not having to buy such a wide variety of clothing for their kids. And children will be teased and bullied less. Students will feel more at ease and enjoy at least not having to compete with their wardrobe. Uniforms may not create a utopian environment, but they certainly would help move things in the right direction.