Peel District School Board, in Ontario, started a project in 2015 that would require all students to wear uniforms everyday. While 75 percent of parents supported the decision, I believe that school uniforms are restricting self expression, giving students a negative self image, and promoting rivalry with other schools. While they are more commonly used in private schools, many public schools are starting to enforce uniforms and strict dress codes, as they believe that it makes it easier to get ready in the morning, and saves parents money and time. But the greater part of students object against them. A girl named Sarah Colvin, a grade 10 student at Central Peel Secondary School in Brampton, said, “I don’t like wearing uniforms, it sucks” in response to the school board’s project.
Every student wants to express themselves differently, but when they’re forced to wear the same standard uniform everyday, it restricts students’ abilities to wear what makes them feel like themselves. Uniforms date back to the 16th century. It is believed that the first documented school that had uniforms was the Christ’s Hospital School, all the way back in 1552. But that was almost 500 years ago, and we’re still using the same practices? I believe that every student has a different style, and will choose to express it with their clothes. So, I think that uniforms should be abandoned in schools, to make kids feel more comfortable in the clothes they wear.
School uniforms are believed to decrease bullying, but there isn’t really much evidence of that. It’s actually increased. According to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Office of Education Evaluation and Management, the fights in middle schools nearly doubled in a year after introducing mandatory uniforms. Bullying and school rivalries are a huge issue, and school boards and districts should be doing everything they can to make it less occuring.