According to this article in the Star Tribune (I know, I know, Shakopee is out of my usual range, it’s a slow news day what can I say?) one principal believes that the best way to fight issues with enforcing dress codes is to force everyone to wear the same thing. While an overwhelming majority of parents support the idea, there are some that feel it’s a cop out.
The proposal, which would still need approval from the school board, states that students would be required to wear either black or red t-shirts and that they may be required to tuck them in. While the t-shirts have not been an issue, tucking them in has. Officials state that it would be harder for students to hide weapons or to “sag their pants,” but parents are concerned that it may hurt the feelings of overweight students. The school will sell logo t-shirts for a reasonable fee but parents are free to purchase plain red or black t-shirts themselves.
One parent finds the entire change unnecessary:
Others objected, including Jeanna Harder, who has a daughter in sixth grade. “The entire student body should not be punished because of someone else’s poor choices or because of the school’s inability” to deal with them, she said.
I don’t really know which side to go with. I understand the school’s position but after reading that quote I really do have to wonder if she’s not at least partially correct. When I was in school you followed the rules or you were punished and God knows that I spent a ton of time in detention over the years. Do these school administrators really believe that by shifting the problems away from clothing they will have a more controlled student body? Do they not realize that something else will crop up to take its place instead?
So how about you? Do you believe that a “uniform” is an effective social control tool for schools to employ or do you think that this is simply a case of administrators being unable to control the student body? How about the tucking-in idea? Should that suggestion be eliminated due to some students’ feelings being hurt? Whatever you have to say about uniforms in the schools go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.