Leah Richardson


The challenges that come with college

Uniforms V No Uniforms

To uniform or to not uniform? That is the question.

The transition from school to college is a major step for any young person, going from wearing uniform every day to never having to wear it again can be somewhat strange. As a student myself, I can see why wearing normal clothes would be better and in many ways it is. Normal clothes enable students to be able to express their quirky and fun personalities through what they wear; not conforming to any social grouping and finally feeling free from regulation and order.

Blogger Kaitlyn says “First of all having to wear school uniforms doesn’t allow individuality. Of course individuality is a very important thing for kids. Kids should be allowed to show their individuality in schools. I for one think that it would be boring having to dress the same as everyone else. I’m sure that most kids would agree with me that having to wear uniforms is boring.” Hmm she does raise some valid points, why blend in when you were born to stand out?

However this doesn’t stop students being the subject of ridicule, everyone has experienced a situation where someone else has made nasty comments on their appearance or outfit choice. Everybody is judgmental whether they admit it or not.

Let’s say you just saw a girl walking down the hallway at college wearing the same outfit that she wore yesterday and the day before that. Admit it, you’ve judged her already. Your initial thoughts might be that, it is unhygienic and you may question why she is wearing the same clothes from some days ago. Have you considered how the girl feels having to wear the same clothes? I think not. Your harsh words are the reason why some students prefer to wear uniforms.

Mary 16 from New College says ‘‘Uniform is important to me because I can’t afford to wear brand new clothes every single day, I haven’t come from a wealthy family and sometimes this causes problems for me because I have to save up for the things I want and a lot of my friends get new things just like that”.

A source from debate.org thinks “Students should wear uniforms because it can help the bullying problem; kids get picked on for their clothes all the time, so if all the kids had on the same clothes that problem would be improved dramatically. Also, if kids wear regular clothes, they basically have no restriction in how they dress which leads to promiscuity. Promiscuity can distract other students from paying attention in school and maybe make them get lower grades. That’s why uniforms should be worn at all times. ”

A source informs me that ‘In 2007-2008, 55% of public school principals said their schools enforce a strict dress code, requiring students at least wear a collared shirt and pants (trousers) with an acceptable belt to school’. This is a remarkable statistic a whopping 45% of US schools do not require uniform. Chaos is found where uniform isn’t and this might explain why student’s academic performances aren’t at an all-time high in the states.