I have a 3rd grader (girl) and a 1st grader (boy) – also two highschool stepsons – all in public school. Many of my peers have decided to send their kids to charter or private schools and one of the first things they cite as a positive is having school uniforms. I’m not sure how I feel about this…
On the one hand, it certainly makes getting ready in the morning easier! I imagine it would also eliminate the arguments I have with my 8 year old daughter about the appropriateness of her clothing choices. No, I don’t think belly shirts, short-shorts or heels are ok. Why do we have to have this conversation repeatedly?
On the other hand, I wonder if wearing uniforms lends itself to bowing to authority more readily? Does choosing your own clothing encourage independence and a stronger sense of self? Is it good to encourage expressing yourself through your own sense of style?
I don’t know. I often feel like there is a corporate uniform that I need to wear at work. Dresses in a meeting? Not unless it has a straight skirt and is navy or black.
Are we giving our kids an advantage by teaching them to understand the “uniforms” they will be required to wear at an early age? Or should they stumble through the clothing mine field on their own, like I did?
Have your kids worn uniforms? If so, what were the pros and cons?