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Uniforms- a nuisance or necessity

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Students stand in uniform during all school Mass.  BK outerwear was also acceptable on top of school uniforms.

Students stand in uniform during all school Mass. BK outerwear was also acceptable on top of school uniforms.

Students stand in uniform during all school Mass. BK outerwear was also acceptable on top of school uniforms.

Thomas Edmonds

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The age old argument of uniforms, is there a purpose? Is it the solution? Why is it here? These are all questions students like to ask. So are uniforms a problem or are they solution? Do they really help as much as they say or are they just a waste of time? They can actually be helpful but mostly in certain situations in small doses, and getting into the details about every little uniform infraction could undermine their purpose as a whole.

Why is it though, is it true that uniforms actually serve a purpose or do schools use them out of habit? Well, while it is true that uniforms unite us and break down the barriers between us, in many ways they can also be costly and inconvenience the people they are supposed to be helping; and while they make no one person more than another it also means that everyone has to feel the same, taking away a big sense of identity so important to an ever-changing youth.

Uniforms for most people are a pacifier or crutch to lean on at school. With so much on their plates, it’s most likely calming to most students that no matter what your clothes are normal. That you and all of your friends will all be wearing the same thing, but uniforms have been taken out of hand by schools no longer being a tool for unification but more a means of enforcing school policy. One example of dress code being taken too far is girl’s socks, taking away the fact that uniform shouldn’t be based entirely on gender(especially on something so trivial), not being able to wear Christmas socks just because you’re a girl is plain dumb. Even worse, if you are found wearing anything other than white socks the punishment is a $5 fine and a uniform violation appearing on your backpack record. Which can factor into things like free dress and other school events based on merit. But if the punishment for not wearing uniform is a fine, doesn’t defeat the whole purpose of the uniform? If uniforms were put into place to break down any divide in economic classes that might be represented in clothing, why take more money as a punishment for possibly not being able to afford the desired socks for dress code.

So while uniforms have and still do serve an important purpose in school communities, they have gotten a bit out of hand and sometimes prevent individuality, making the only true solution leaving it mostly untouched, but instead changing school policy on handling infractions of the uniform code. Therefore taking care of two birds with one stone, preserving the balance between identity and code.

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