I don't think so. As an adult I am perfectly capable of deciding how much to spend on clothing for my family. As a PARENT it is my responsibility to teach my children to use money wisely, to be informed consumers, and to hunt for bargains. But school boards across the nation are taking away Parents rights and responsibilities by implementing Mandatory School Uniform Policies.
According to David Brunsma, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia
"There aren't any positive results to speak of, but in a way, there aren't any negative effects either," said Brunsma, who included his findings in a book he published on school uniforms in 2004.Some parents embrace mandatory school uniforms because they don't want to stand up to their kids. Instead of being Parents they want to be Friends and let school boards be the heavies that tell their kids what they can and can't wear. And they have no empathy for PARENTS that want to be Parents and resent having their rights taken away from them. We are considered SELFISH for wanting the right to spend our money on clothing we like and that is in perfectly good taste. We are considered SELFISH for wanting the chance to hunt for bargains and buy clothing that fits our budgets and our families lifestyles. Most of all we are considered SELFISH because we don't mind getting out of bed to make sure our children are appropriately attired for school, and telling them NO when they want to wear something they shouldn't.
But lets put the adults feelings aside. How do kids feel about mandatory school uniforms.
Tollie Bell, a seventh-grader, said children express themselves with their clothes, and they don't usually make fun of one another . "Uniforms are frumpy and ugly," Tollie said. "Everyone wears jeans. Usually, with uniforms, you can't wear jeans."
With all the emphasis on self-esteem, you would think forcing kids to wear something they consider frumpy and ugly would raise a few issues. I mean how can you possibly learn when you are being taught that you are too stupid to pick out your own clothes? And how can you feel good about yourself when you are forced to walk around in something frumpy and ugly every day? No wonder kids today are depressed. They have every right to be..................