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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby star View Post
    Our private school offered payment plans on school fees and uniforms etc,

    Our public high school has govt funding to provide uniforms to people of low income status it's just not widely known or promoted

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    These kids didn't really have parents that cared enough to go to those lengths (though I know it's not hard). Lots of these kids also got given lunch from the canteen ladies who thankfully looked out for them.

    I know it's derailing from the topic a bit I just always felt so sorry for those kids and think about them often.

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    I'm kind of going against the grain here and saying I don't think I like uniforms Its not that hard to say no visible labels to students to eliminate elitism. Its also important to teach kids to dress appropriately, so smart casual (which is not that hard to manage). You can have guidelines like hem length etc so kids aren't tarting around in hot pants I hated my uniforms at school, they were not warm enough in winter and only boys were allowed to wear pants, it was awful and restrictive

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    Default Re: "spin off" do you think kids should wear school uniforms?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMama View Post
    These kids didn't really have parents that cared enough to go to those lengths (though I know it's not hard). Lots of these kids also got given lunch from the canteen ladies who thankfully looked out for them.

    I know it's derailing from the topic a bit I just always felt so sorry for those kids and think about them often.
    Yeah parents like that need theur arses kicked i know a few like it, kids go to school in short / torn uniforms, tapped together glasses and wheet bix with vegemite for lunch (or no lunch at all)

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    Default "spin off" do you think kids should wear school uniforms?

    I think if schools want uniforms they should provide them free of charge to students. They are ridiculously expensive a lot of the time.
    I got teased in primary school because mum could only afford the second hand red shirt instead of the white one (girls wore white shirts and boys wore red ones). She did it so that my brothers could have my hand me downs and she wouldn't need to buy new shirts for them.
    I think having a 'code' of what to wear so that parents can buy their own kids clothes for whatever price they want. For example, navy bottoms and a red shirt. That way if someone wants to wear shorts or someone wants to wear a skirt, thats okay. (obviously within reason, no mini skirts etc) If that even makes sense

    My high school was ridiculously strict with the uniform. Socks couldn't be ankle socks, hair ties had to be school colours, all black shoes, hair had to be tied up if longer than ears and a whole bunch of other stuff

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    I agree with Luna.

    It's different for Montessori school and other independent schools.

    All the kids at DD's school wear what they like and it's not a problem and no-one is teased for it. There is a boy who likes to wear a three piece suit and hat everyday, and that's cool with the rest of the kids. DD picks what she wants to wear the night before so it isn't a hassle. Her clothes are separated in her closet into clothes she can wear to school ie: sleeves, nothing too short etc and clothes she can't wear to school ie: anything strappy.

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    Default "spin off" do you think kids should wear school uniforms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amiedoll View Post
    I'm kind of going against the grain here and saying I don't think I like uniforms Its not that hard to say no visible labels to students to eliminate elitism. Its also important to teach kids to dress appropriately, so smart casual (which is not that hard to manage). You can have guidelines like hem length etc so kids aren't tarting around in hot pants I hated my uniforms at school, they were not warm enough in winter and only boys were allowed to wear pants, it was awful and restrictive
    Said so much better than I did!

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    Yes I support uniforms for all the reasons listed. But I think kids should be able to also show some individuality in other aspects. Their hair, their nails. Make up within reason. Jewellery where it isn't dangerous. While a uniform means kids and parents don't have the stress of choosing casuals every day, and rich and poor all look the same, kids aren't sheep.

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    I wore a strict uniform for all of my schooling years and I look back on it fondly. Mum used to buy me HUGE uniforms, they were like potato sacks! I could've fit a really large family of potatoes under it and no one would've been the wiser! I always felt I could hide in it and that it was a great equaliser.

    My kids go to a public school and they have a uniform - not strict though, just black bottoms and white tops and I think it's fine.

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    i think some kids get teased either way. My nephew goes to a steiner school and while there are a few wacky colours which don't really stand out, there are some kids that get sent to school in stuff that is just so out there that they get teased.

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    Generally speaking yes I am in favour of uniforms. I went to school for a year in the USA and if only the effort that went in deciding what to wear had been channeled into school work for so many of the students, especially the girls, the education standards would have increased about 5 fold.

    That said I think uniforms should allow children to run and develop without a uniform that impedes. The example I'm thinking is that girls should not be forced to wear dresses or skirts only. I spent a large portion of my primary school year lunch breaks doing hand stands and cart wheels with the other girls, but we all wore dresses which you then have to tuck into your undies and the side which sometimes doesn't work.

    ETA: I do think that school is no place for make up, excessive jewelry, nail polish etc Blah!


 

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