UNIFORMS : ARE THEY A GOOD FIT “Tiffany gets sent to the principal because her teacher thinks she is dressed inappropriately. She is wearing a micro-mini skirt rolled down to just above her belly button and a halter top that exposes her midriff. The principal takes her home to change and to talk to her parents. Her mother’s reaction was not what she expected. Her mother made the comment that she thought she looked cute.”
This school has some students that opted out of the uniforms. So nothing can be done about her not being in uniform. All they can do is ask her to change into something more appropriate. Tiffany is one of many that opted not to wear uniforms, by signing a waiver.
Reflection It is a shame that parents would allow their children to go out of the house like Tiffany was dressed. What was even worse was that her mother saw nothing wrong with it. It makes you wonder what they are putting in their children’s minds when they allow things like that.
School uniform policies in school
School uniform topic continues to grow. In 1980 Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry made the comment that Catholic Schools were so successful because of dress codes, this was when he first discussed dress codes for public schools. Nothing became of his suggestion.
In 1987 Baltimore’s predominantly Black Cherry Hill Elementary School started the first publicized uniform policy to reduce clothing costs and social pressure on students. Also hoped uniforms would lead to better grades, better behavior, increased self-esteem and schools pride—assumptions that persist today.
This was interesting, I was not aware that the first publicized uniform policy was not until 1987. I realize that it had been discussed for years before then, but I didn’t know nothing was done until then. It is strange that people actually believe that making students wear uniforms will make them do better, or even behave better in school.
Do Uniforms Make Our Schools Better? We are aware that there are a lot of presumptions out there about school uniforms. Eight years of research was done on uniforms and it is clear that: Uniform policies are not effective. Uniforms do not make our schools better. Elementary schools have implemented uniforms at a rapid rate: 1 percent in late 1980’s to 15.5 percent by 2000, and 23 percent in 2002, middle and high schools at half of elementary schools.
Schools with lower-achieving students, more minority students, poorer students and lower parental involvement were most likely to adopt uniforms.
I can understand why the schools with poorer students and lower-achieving students would adopt uniforms, because it would be a lot easier for them, to not have to worry about trying to keep up with the other students, as far as dressing is concerned. Reflection
I thought it would be interesting to look into articles about uniforms in schools, because there are so many school systems now that are trying to decide whether or not to switch to uniforms. When my high school started to talk about switching to uniforms, I was very glad that I was about to graduate. I think it is good to have uniforms in elementary, or even middle school, but not high school.