The Board of Education will be discussing school uniforms at their policy meeting tonight. However, they are not taking input from the public at this meeting. As I have mentioned before, I have a child in the West Haven public school system. School uniforms are not a good idea. By making our children wear uniforms to school, we are merely placing an ill-fitting band-aid on the problems the uniforms are supposed to solve. Parents should be teaching children how to dress appropriately and how to behave, and it should be enforced by teachers in schools. Having a child wear a uniform is not going to solve the lack of parenting. We should be teaching our children how to think for themselves, not follow the herd!
Since I didn’t get a survey call at my home to cast my vote, here are my thoughts on some of the issues associated with implementing school uniforms:
1. School uniforms would save parents money.
Really? I’ll still need to buy clothes for afterschool and weekends. Also, I’m paying a lot of taxes in this city so my child can get a public education. Why should I have to pay even more to dress my child in a uniform? Lets keep in mind the demographics of our City. Many families with more than one child can’t afford both uniforms and street clothes.
2. Children would not have to make up their minds on what to wear.
Children should have to pick out their clothes. That’s what people do in the real world. It’s also an important form of personal expression.
3. Children would not be embarrassed or harassed because of their clothing.
It is naïve to think that children will not be picked on if they wear a uniform. They simply will be bullied for something else. It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children that any form of bullying is wrong and unacceptable.
4. A child’s social standing would be based more on individual character and less on economic status.
Uniforms remove student individuality. We should be embracing and celebrating diversity. Outside of the police and fire departments or the military, uniforms do not prepare children for the real world, where they will be judged by appearances and economic status.
It’s a cop out to make our children wear school uniforms and it deprives them of their rights. I would be ashamed as a parent to tell my child she must wear one.