Can such a small change make a big difference?
Whether schools should implement uniforms or not remains a debate. It is eating up a lot of time for school administrators—and parents. As much as some students do not want to have a school uniform policy, it seems that having one solves almost any problem schools face today.
When a school implements a school uniform policy, it is difficult to know who is “cool” or “not cool”. It is also difficult to tell the students’ differences in backgrounds.
With school wear, students find commonality with one another. It is an antidote, and it is one of the most effective solutions for school bullying.
Having a dress code is different from having a uniform. The latter is much more effective. For instance, if a school implements a “blue skirts only” policy, students might get away with blue minis. With school girl uniform pieces, for example, there are no vague dress policies—just one thing the school wear manufacturers come up with.
Also, with uniforms, it will be difficult for students to skip school, since it is too easy to spot them. Somehow, it’s a courtesy training in disguise.
School Uniforms Create Successful People
Nothing else tells the students “this is not just about you” more than a uniform. Also, having and wearing the same set of clothes for years makes students burst with creativity after their undergraduate careers. For people with real talent, the results are remarkable.
Britain, Japan, and Italy had strict school uniform policies—and these countries produced some of the greatest and most creative designers, such as Miuccia Prada, Vivienne Westwood, and Rei Kawakubo. Their fashion pieces simply go beyond the boundaries of art and fashion. On the other hand, countries that do not implement strict school wear policies produce the likes of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren; these people make great clothes, but most of them look like uniforms.
It’s easy to see now that for schools, such a small change can truly make a big difference.