View Poll Results: What is your stance on School Uniforms?

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  • Yes and the school should offer them at no extra cost.

    30 22.73%
  • Yes and the parents should pay for them.

    46 34.85%
  • They should be optional for students who want them

    2 1.52%
  • There should be school uniforms for specific activities only

    4 3.03%
  • We should leave it to the parents to decide if the school should have uniforms

    12 9.09%
  • We should leave it at municipal/state level

    10 7.58%
  • We shouldn't have school uniforms at all

    28 21.21%
  • I like the current way things are.

    8 6.06%
  • I hate uniforms

    11 8.33%
  • I'm a potato.

    16 12.12%
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    Re: Do you support school uniforms?

    There are many pros and cons to uniforms. Part of me always wished my school had them back in high school. I thought they were "cool." But what the parents, teachers, and students want should ultimately be the deciding factor.

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    Re: Do you support school uniforms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    I think they're a great idea for most schools.

    They boost integration and respect and I also think they should be free of charge for the parents initially. Each student should have 3 (random number > 1) school uniforms given by the school at the sizes of the student and if the parents want additional school uniforms, they should pay for them.

    So what do you think?
    It's a shame that we even need to consider this but, yes.

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    Re: Do you support school uniforms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    I think you have no idea what you're talking about.
    Think harder.

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    Re: Do you support school uniforms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    I think they're a great idea for most schools.

    They boost integration and respect and I also think they should be free of charge for the parents initially. Each student should have 3 (random number > 1) school uniforms given by the school at the sizes of the student and if the parents want additional school uniforms, they should pay for them.

    So what do you think?
    I say yes and the parents should pay for them.Parents buy school clothes for their kids anyways, so it is not some extra cost to have them buy uniforms instead. Instead of buying your kids jeans a t-shirt you would be buying certain color khakis and certain color polo shirts.School is about educating children so that when they are adults they can get jobs adults.Part of the thing about getting a job is having to wear some sort of uniform. Kids can express themselves in their clothing when they get out of school.
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    Re: Do you support school uniforms?

    A few years back, our school went to a more standardized dress code. We didn't implement uniforms, but we require solid one color collared shirts with no logos larger than a quarter (unless it's a school log). We allow only khakis, jeans or knee length khaki/jean shorts. I think maybe dresses might be allowed as well. Students cannot have unnatural hair coloring nor distracting hair cuts (which is determined by the administration). If your shirt is tucked in, you have to wear a belt. If your shirt is longer than your wrists when you stand up straight, you have to tuck your shirt in. No flip flops allowed. There are a few others, but that's the main idea.

    Since we implemented that dress code (which was met with strong resistance, but only AFTER it passed...that's what you get in a small town, a bunch of morons), the quality of education has gone up. Test scores have risen slightly and discipline has been down each year. Obviously it's a very short time frame to measure, but it seems to be having a positive effect on our school. The students are not prohibited from expressing themselves through clothing, they just have more limited options. And many parents, even those initially opposed, have said it's been good for them, as it brings the cost of buying clothing for their children down.

    It's gone very well for us.

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    Re: Do you support school uniforms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    I think they're a great idea for most schools.

    They boost integration and respect and I also think they should be free of charge for the parents initially. Each student should have 3 (random number > 1) school uniforms given by the school at the sizes of the student and if the parents want additional school uniforms, they should pay for them.

    So what do you think?
    Voted for the top two, because those who can afford it should buy their children the uniforms, and those who cannot afford it should get some kind of voucher, or assistance so that they can get them and send their children off to school. Also voted potato for the lulz.
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    Re: Do you support school uniforms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    I think they're a great idea for most schools.

    They boost integration and respect and I also think they should be free of charge for the parents initially. Each student should have 3 (random number > 1) school uniforms given by the school at the sizes of the student and if the parents want additional school uniforms, they should pay for them.

    So what do you think?
    I think it's a great idea. Saves parents on clothing bills...stops making fun of kids for what they're wearing...judging them by the clothes they're wearing...stops problems with dress codes. I don't know why every school doesn't do it, frankly.

    For those parents who can't afford it, I think they ought to hold fundraisers at every school in the spring -- for next year. Bring in your income tax form, and if it's below a certain dollar amount, your child(ren) gets a clothing allowance for a few uniforms.
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    Re: Do you support school uniforms?

    The one down side for schools is that there is a possibility of lawsuits or just plain protest.

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    Re: Do you support school uniforms?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    The one down side for schools is that there is a possibility of lawsuits or just plain protest.
    You would not believe the amount of noise we heard about how parents and their children were not going to abide by our dress code.

    And then the first day of school came, and there was not a single form of protest. There were some students who mistakenly did not meet the code (as is to be expected on something this dramatically new), but they were willing to fix it as soon as it was pointed out. It has never been a problem.

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    Re: Do you support school uniforms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    I think they're a great idea for most schools.

    They boost integration and respect and I also think they should be free of charge for the parents initially. Each student should have 3 (random number > 1) school uniforms given by the school at the sizes of the student and if the parents want additional school uniforms, they should pay for them.

    So what do you think?
    When I was a student - I never attended a school with uniforms. None of my schools had significant issues from dress and appearance problems, so I don't see what it would have changed.

    As a parent of four students - for a time we were in a uniformed school district. It was a pain, actually. Some areas might be more considerate than others - but buying uniforms is far more costly because schools made it very complicated.

    My kids had this:
    No polyester. Boys wore a belt. Tops had to be dark blue, red, or yellow proper shirts (no t-shirts or tank tops but things like polos and button-ups). Shoes had to be only from a select few styles.

    1) Not all places sold school-appropriate articles of clothing. Where they did - it was often marked much higher. I can find t-shirts for a few bucks but when it comes to uniforms, everything was between $5.00 - $12.00 a top and pants were higher.

    2) Limited materials - by disallowing polyesters and knits they limited the available selection which forced me to buy more expensive articles if the cheaper one was the wrong material.

    3) Shoes - dress shoes were more expensive. Aside that, kids spend time running around in the dirt and rain while at school, dress shoes are just thoughtless and inappropriate. They are ruined more quickly and much more expensive to replace.

    4) Belts - my oldest was in K-2, special needs, and always needed help with his belt. It was entirely ridiculous for them to require it. They complained to me often, though they're the ones who decided that the button-shirt line had to fall in line with the pants and be topped off with a belt. The only thing missing was a tie

    5) Heat - we live in Arkansas. A few months of every school year it's too hot for pants and sleeved tops (upper 90's and 100's with high humidity), yet they required them - kids were more uncomfortable.

    6) Color choices and children - light colors like yellow, light blue, khaki and beige are horrible choices for school clothing. Kids go to school where they use paint, glue, and drink chocolate milk. I had a lot of clothing go to the trash because they quickly became stained and the stains would not come out - especially the paint.

    We were dirt poor - and hunting down uniformed articles was a pain in the butt. It's inconsiderate to put people in that type of situation and it solved nothing. I ended up finding long sleeve shirts and clothes that were too big at good-will and then taking them in so they'd fit. Dressing kids should not be so difficult to tedious.

    All in all - it cost us hundreds more every single year, created faux problems like the teachers complaining my special needs son needed too much help (tying shoes and lacing his belt), and on top of that - you still have to cloth the child in regular clothes like t-shirts and shorts so they can go out side and play.

    It also increased laundry time by almost doubling the dirty clothes you had to wash each month.

    All in all - it was a pointless pain in my butt and thus - I oppose them strongly. Most people are not well off nor do they have time to keep after it all.

    Sometimes crap happened - like one week (we lived in an apartment) and the laundromat dryer system stopped working - we didn't have clean clothes for school, they wore regular clothes - and I was given a hard time for it.
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