Uniforms in Public Schools

Since my son started kindergarten I have said I was going to write letters to our school district campaigning for uniforms in hopes that by the time my children reach middle school they are in place. Of course I haven’t done that yet, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get myself motivated.  I would like to look at the research that has been done and see what advantages, besides my own personal motivation, there are to having uniforms in public schools.  I would love to hear from others who have had experiences with uniforms in public schools to see if there really is a difference in those places as opposed to schools with little dress code.

From  NYPost

From NYPost

To The Fort Thomas Independent School Distirct

To Whom It May Concern:

My husband and I carefully chose Fort Thomas as our home because of many reasons, but the top-rated school district was on top of the list. We have already been thrilled with the district and fully expect our children to receive a wonderful education and experience! There is one area that we would like to express concern for the future and hope that you will at the very least consider our recommendation.

At home we teach our children to dress modestly, to try and look their best for the specific task they are given and to wear clothing that is appropriate for that specific circumstance. Amoung other reasons, we believe uniforms would be helpful to encourage more appropriate dress across the board. Over the past few years we have seen a drastic decline in the clothing choices of young people in our nation- in modesty, neatness and appropriateness. Seeing the declining trend, we are concerned for the types of clothing that will be allowed by the time our children reach high school. We also feel that uniforms would help reduce the pressure for students who cannot afford the latest fashion and help set an atmosphere for learning rather than trend-setting.

We understand there are concerns over students individuality and cost to families, but if done right, we feel these concerns are small in comparison to the benefits of wearing uniforms-even in public schools. According to a study done in 2010, 19% of public schools across the country have gone to uniforms (http://www.sfgate.com/food/bargainbites/2011/map/article/School-Uniforms-Pros-and-Cons-4619310.php). Would our district ever consider this?

Thank you for hearing our concerns and for your consideration,

Matt and Krissy Richard

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