Uniforms in native schools are optional. However, in the past few years, many schools have chosen to go back to the tradition of wearing a school uniform.
This is a choice that either the school or the parent board makes. Let's talk about the pros and cons of wearing a school uniform.
Pros of Uniforms
One of the main advantages of wearing a school uniform is that all students look the same. Thus, everyone is equal and students who come from families with less means will not feel bad if their clothes are more ordinary than those of their more affluent classmates.
Parents also appreciate this plus of the uniform because they don't have to spend a lot of money on casual clothes. It is enough to buy two pairs of change uniforms and the children wear them throughout the school year.
The other good thing about uniforms is that each school has its own iconic uniform and so the students feel special in their community. This gives them an identity, assigning them to the particular school and its traditions.
That is why wearing a school uniform makes children feel proud to wear it.
In the morning, children get ready for school much faster because they don't have to wonder what to wear and spend 1 hour in front of the mirror, especially the older students. It is also convenient for parents because they save time and money.
There is no competition between students on the level of appearance because they all look the same.
Cons of Uniforms
For some students who are interested in fashion, expressing yourself through clothing is very important. They would have a big problem with wearing a uniform because they see it as a loss of identity.
If your child has such a problem with wearing a uniform, you can either prefer to enroll him in a different one or force him to comply with your choice. Both methods have advantages and disadvantages.
Some children do not feel comfortable in a uniform because they have objections to their figure at this age. Overweight girls may not want to wear a short skirt, and most uniforms have skirts above the knee.
Another problem for parents can be the cost of the uniform. The bad thing is that you have to buy 2 or 3 sets so that the child can easily change them when they get dirty. On the one hand, it's good that you won't have to buy a lot of casual clothes, but for lower-income families, the cost of the uniform can also be a barrier.