What happened to individualism, and right of self expression?
"...[A]llowing students to choose their clothing is an empowering message from the schools that a student is a maturing person who is entitled to the most basic self-determination."
Uniforms were tried in our county schools. We are a poor rural area and it was believed this would help close the distinctionion between socioeconomic levels. We tried it for 10 years and it did not have the desired outcome. School performance actually fell. In the 2 years we have returned to regular dress, our standardization test have improved to the point that all schools have achieved full accreditation for the first time in nearly 20 years.
"The 'evidence' that has been invoked throughout this uniform movement has been... generalization after generalization from an ever-flowing stream of anecdote, with little to no critical thinking, and certainly no empirical investigation. The movement can be categorized as one of anecdote versus evidence, fear versus rationality, the status quo versus social and educational change...
It should be clear by now that uniform policies are not effective in our public schools. ...[S]chool uniforms, as a policy and strategy, do not play a role in producing more parental involvement, increased preparedness, positive approaches toward learning, pro-school attitudes, a heightened feeling of school unity and safety, or positive school climates. Therefore, such a policy should not be discussed as increasing the educational atmosphere at any level of schooling."
My daughter attended a school that required a school uniform, and that was the worse 3 years of her life. She was relentlessly bullied to the point she started cutting herself and hid it from us until we caught her about to try and kill herself. The kids "in uniforms" would tease her on everything from her hair to her weight, it was crazy. We had to pull her out of that school and thankfully she is now 1 year since she cut.