School Uniforms

The discussion of school uniforms in a Catholic setting evokes much controversy amongst students. Even though the school dress code abides by the Catholic Church, I believe it is unnecessary to wear these uniforms in school. They only restrict students from their freedom to express themselves, they do not limit students from their ability to learn, and not that many families can afford to buy uniforms for their kids. The school dress code should allow students to dress the way they want to dress without offending and disrespecting the church. Below are some key points to why I consider uniforms to be useless in a learning environment.

First, students should have the right to show their freedom of expression through their style of clothing. Individuals like myself like to dress differently from other students; my style of clothing defines a part of my personality, and it makes me feel unique and extraordinaire. By enforcing students to dress in uniform at school, it limits their ability to express their individuality. If teenagers can respectfully convey their freedom of speech, that being said they should also have the right to separate themselves from other students through their sense of style. Of course, students can still express their sense of style without showing skin, gang symbols, and words of foul language while still respecting the church.

Secondly, a student’s attire should not affect their ability to study in school. Learning a subject requires your brain, the ability to read and write information taught from their teachers’ lectures. If a student is dressed differently from another, that should not limit a student’s ability to absorb knowledge from their classes. Unless of course, the student may be showing off too much skin, their shirt may have an inappropriate design, or the overall outfit could offend the “church” and disrespect the school dress code. However, teenagers go to school to prepare for college, or university; they don’t go to school to impress their teachers with fancy name-branded clothing and high end shoes.

Thirdly, it is difficult for families of low income to purchase school uniforms especially when students have to complete all four years of high school in order to achieve a Secondary School Diploma. During those years of school, as humans they are growing into young adults and continue to grow into their mid-20s. In which case, requires parents to keep repurchasing the same exact uniform with the exact same design, but with just the difference in size. Unfortunately, for the lower class families, it can be very expensive especially when there are limitations to the number of discount stores that provide these uniforms. Which again, causes even more stress amongst parents when students are being forced to wear uniforms. However, by removing this policy from Catholic schools, students can continually dress appropriately and clothed themselves with attire without bankrupting their parents.

In conclusion, students should be allowed to dress the way they want to dress just as long as they respect themselves, teachers, and students. There are different ways of expressing yourself, and different ways of learning in school. And most importantly, there are cost efficient ways in purchasing clothes for students. Clearly, the discussion regarding uniforms continues to be a debate. When will this discussion of school uniforms in a Catholic setting ever end?