Toujours sur le thème des uniformes, voici à présent le point de vue de Véro.
As usual, feel free to leave your comments, she (we all) would love your feedback !
If a debate on school uniform was held, I would find advantages for students and families.
First of all, the advantage of the uniform is decency. Everybody will agree. School policy usually states that pupils have to come to school in decent clothes. But being decent doesn’t mean the same thing for all of us.
Can we show our belly button, our underwear, can we wear torn clothes ? All these questions meet different opinions. School policy anticipates these scenarios, but there are a lot of situations which are not expected, and which can be the first step toward disagreements.
I remember a headline about a pupil who came to school with blue hair whereas the day before, she had blond or brown hair. The school forbade her to come in, and the parents were very surprised and angry with the school. Ok, school uniform will not resolve this problem, but it can give a picture of dissenting views.
Moreover, I think that a school uniform should be less expensive for families. Lots of teenagers are drawn by brands, buying new clothes even if they don’t need them. School uniform could cut down clothes consumption. On the other hand, teenagers may feel frustrated not to have a full dressing room, enabling them to impress their friends and others teenagers.
Teenagers may think they choose clothes that are different, but they all look alike and actually, follow the same dress code.
Then, a school uniform may meet this need, and may be a good way of relieving kids from “clothes stress”.
A school uniform could help pupils not to feel judge by the others and instead, focus on their attitude and work.
Wearing a school uniform could allow pupil to come in a new skin. They are not judged about their clothes, but they can also adopt another way of being, because a uniform inspires respect. Self-respect, and respect for others. We won’t have the same behaviour if we wear a uniform or basic clothes. First, because a uniform is fit for a good posture and also as when you wear a uniform, you are representing an organization or your school, and you belong in your place. A school uniform could increase pupil’s sense of pride in the school.
This said, I can tell about the flip side of the issue.
First, what about parent’s responsibility ? Why are parents unable to tell their children that they can’t go to school carelessly or with inappropriate clothes ? Do we need government help ?
If we erase the difference between pupils with school uniforms, aren’t we sheltering them from the future? Differences exist, and we have to deal with them.
What about teenager’s feelings ? Do they want to be identified as belonging to le lycée Raynouard, or Jeanne d’Arc, in Brignoles ? Sure, we’ll see these children belong to a group, but we’ll also see the boundaries, and these boundaries set the children apart according to their school. Some of my neighbours go to Jeanne d’Arc, I think they are the same as my children, and I don’t want a uniform creates two foreign worlds.
At last, I think that choosing and wearing your own clothes to go to school is comforting, as your clothes reflect who you are, what you like, you can chose something comfortable or fancy, depending on your mood, the day, the weather ..
It’s like saying a poem : some children can say a poetry without moving, but some children need to balance their body just to be concentrated.
The first case is ideal : good pupil, staying motionless, saying his/her poem.
In the second case, what is better ? Being able to say the poem balancing his body or having to stay immobile, but unable to say the poem because he/she doesn’t feel at ease ?
I’m not sure that wearing a school uniform is a good answer against antisocial behaviour, academic failure, absenteeism…
It could look like a failure for modern society.