Some proponents of school uniforms argue that uniforms can increase student safety in school and outside of school, as well as increasing students’ ability to blend in and focus on learning without having to worry that their clothing choices might make them a target.
Keeping a child in school uniforms may be more expensive for parents and guardians than buying regular clothes would be.
Of course, even schools that don’t require uniforms may police student clothing that’s deemed too revealing or offensive, but uniforms may add to the attention focused on student dress.
This can make students feel that they’re being scrutinized and punished for their appearance, which could have negative effects on student self-esteem or attitudes toward the school.
Wearing what we want each day outweighs any of the positives to uniforms.
Besides, most schools that don’t have uniforms have dress codes, so we already have some guidelines about what to wear.
Often, uniforms are only available from a limited number of suppliers and the lack of competition (and captive market) keeps prices high.
Or, a uniform will include pricier items like blazers and dress shoes, which some families might struggle to afford.
For example, if a uniform requires girls to wear skirts and pants are not allowed, some students and parents may object, leading to conflict with the school administration.
Not all girls want to wear skirts and some may resent being told to wear traditionally “feminine” garments.