Responses: Opinions about Dress
(Issue 21) and Dress
(Issue 1) discuss dress Codes and uniforms. Readers
sent the comments below.
am substantially in favor of the concept of school
uniforms. It appears to be the wave of the
personally I think that school uniforms are good
for the public because I don't have to worry about
what I am wearing the next day. I find if we wear
school uniforms then people aren't that flashy, and
they don't judge you over your clothes. I think
this will help many people out with their self
my school in Costa Rica we were required to wear
school uniforms. They were very strict on what you
wore. I personally think that uniforms benifitted
the way I acted and my grades were very good. I
think we should have uniforms because they take our
$ differences away, our gangs away, and the way we
think of people on how they dress.
believe standardized dress codes should not be
allowed. If people allow standardized dress codes,
then it would support conformity, which is exactly
what we are against. People have the right to
express how they feel in the form of words,
actions, and clothing. If you take away the way we
dress, you are taking away part of our
Ono, Japanese (University of Texas)
feel that dress codes aren't necessary because they
pose many problems in and out of school. My school
went to a field trip a few years ago and the kids
that were wearing uniforms acted like we were very
immature (which I don't agree with) and started
immitating the things we were doing like brushing
our hair and wearing other peoples' jackets because
we were cold and they weren't. Uniforms don't allow
kids the experience of expressing their own
feelings through the way they dress.
you know of anywhere I can order a Japanese High
school uniform?? I think they are very cool.
codes in public school are a violation of kids'
rights, as stated to the first amendment of the
consitution. Children are being taught by these
dress regulations that people should be ashamed of
their bodies. I think it's sad really. The human
body is a beautiful thing. They also influence kids
to blend in with the crowd, form themselves and
their opinions based on general society's views on
"things that are appropiate". They are besides that
absolutely unnecessary, and have little to no
codes are OK as long as they aren't too
believe that dress codes are an enfringement upon
students' civil and moral rights. Assigning a
specific dress code or uniform won't stop the
violence in our schools. Clothing isn't chosen just
to cover our bodies or to keep us warm, it's to
help express ourselves. If people want to express
themselves with racial slurs or sexual comments
then let them, but everyone who sees their clothing
with these expressions will know how that person
is. Today's school system will never be satisfied
with today's generation or any other generation.
Something will always be wrong and there's no way
that assigning a dress code will encourage kids to
stop all of the violence, respect everyone, or even
study harder. There is no real way to have a
"perfect" world until society accepts eveyone for
who they are.
think that school dress codes are good and bad.
They're good because they eliminate the problems of
kids waking up every morning and trying to find
clothes to wear. In some schools, there is a major
problem with kids abiding by the dress code.
Therefore, they have to set some standards. When
those standards aren't followed, they usually go to
uniforms. Dress codes may be bad because they take
away from freedom of expression, which is stated in
the United States Constitution. You must also
remember that there are set rules for different
places. Sometimes it may seem as though those rules
violate our rights, but in many situations in life
you'll be face with these rules. Dress codes is a
major one, especially in the business
my school once you reach year 13 you no longer have
to wear uniforms as you are permitted to wear your
own clothing. Some students wear tight tops, tops
that show their belly buttons, and short skirts.
The teachers don't say anything to the students who
choose to dress in this way though because when you
are in year 13, you are treated as an adult no
matter what image you create through your
individual dress sense. I believe that being
treated like an adult is a great thing because it
teaches you how to become independent and how to
cope when you leave school and go out into the
think that the dress codes in the U.S. are way too
extreme. If people were allowed to wear what was in
style during their generation, why can't we wear
what is in style now? They may talk about gangs as
a big problem and a major cause for more strictly
enforced dress codes but they had their own
problems back then. Their problems were solved
without changing the way a person dresses, so why
should it change now? By changing the dress codes
you are only asking to cause more trouble than what
you had before.
to school in a small town in Montana. We have a
dress code stating that we can only wear shorts for
the first six weeks and the last six weeks of
school. I feel that we are old enough to know when
we can or can't wear shorts based on the weather
because we are in high school. The dress code also
states that we may not wear tank tops or shirts
that show parts our stomachs or that have beer or
Framstad, Montana, U.S.
feel a dress code is proper for certain kinds of
businesses. Employees should have to wear suits and
ties if they are in constant interaction with
customers or clients. I work at a customer service
call center. It is ridiculous for us to wear suits
when all we do is answer phone calls from around
the nation. Not one customer can see us. Wearing
casual clothes for a business like this is
feasible. However, I feel that all businesses
should in someway incorporate casual dress. Casual
dress allows people to dress comfortably.
Comfortable workers make happy workers. Our
comfortableness will show in our voices.
attended a school where dress code was mandatory. I
went to Catholic school and we wore uniforms. I
think that with a dress code there would be less
fights and schools would be a better place for
younger kids. They wouldn't have to worry about not
wearing the cool clothes because everyone would be
wearing somewhat the same thing! I am not saying to
actually wear the same colors but a dress code as
in neat clothing and dress pants and shirts of any
color, not one specific thing.
think that dress codes are the worst thing you can
make a student wear. We got a new principal this
year and he has made our dress code so strict that
if you have any parts of your stomach showing you
get sent home. We can't were double meaning shirts
or shirts advertising anything. I think dress codes
think dress codes are bad for schools to have. It
doesn't allow the students to show their own
personality. Our school is thinking about getting a
dress code and I hope they don't.
think that there should not be dress codes. People
cannot show their individuality. Also when we get
older we have to pick out our own clothes. If we
grow up knowing what we were going to wear every
day the same thing, we could have trouble with this
here. I like how I dress and there is no reason to
codes are unneeded. People dress different because
that's the way they want to be seen and known as,
and if you take that away from them, then they can
find other ways to be different. Like crimes and
drugs. Plus only some people get caught breaking
the dress codes and others don't. I feel that if
you look good in the way that you dress, you have
the right to express it.
have to write a news story on dress codes, and I
got many different opinions. It's nice to find a
website that features opinions, also. I am a high
school student, and personally, I think that it is
a bad idea. It does have it's good points, sure,
but even the good points about it could cause a
serious rebellion from the students. It is a way to
express ourselves, how we dress, and you have to
admit, teenagers don't really have much freedom of
speech, no matter how people deny it. In cases
where there are gang-related colors, I'd
understand. But not in a smaller town, like the one
I live in. I'm glad that I don't have a dress
belief that school uniforms really prevent
individuality and imaginative creativity side.
School uniforms also prevented expression. There
can be problem about being clone to one another for
reason of administrator to separate the students
from another. Life would be dictatorship of
censorship to personal rights, based on the 1st
Admentment of Consitution of the United
Michael Fu, Chinese/Taiwan
don't think dress codes are right for all types of
clothes. I think everybody has a way of expressing
themselves in fashion and they shouldn't have that
right taken away from them just because somebody
else doesn't agree with it. I do think that things
like alcohol or sexual content on clothes shouldn't
be allowed because there's no point in wearing
stuff like that.
think uniforms and strict dress codes save money,
are safer for the students, and more
a parent of 3 children, ages 9, 11, & 14.
School dress codes are archaic to me. It is an
attempt to control children. The more that we, as
adults, control every tiny aspect of children's
lives, the more they will find other ways to rebel.
Even Japan is having problems with uniforms. We
need to guide our children and allow them to grow
up and learn by experimenting with that guidance.
I'm so tired of the educational problems and the
"dumbing down" of our educational system in this
country. It's about time that we address the real
problems. It's not the kids. It's the adults whom
they are emulating: parents, teachers, etc. I have
seen more dishonest adults in the administration of
education than honest ones. And my children see
this too. What a horrible example. I'm tired of
hearing how horrible children today are. They're no
different than children of other generations, other
than they are having to grow up faster and many
lack the support of parents and grandparents. When
are we going to see the light?
think wearing uniforms is a good thing. It's a more
practical thing than waking up every morning and
having to pick out a new outfit to wear. Uniforms
aren't cheap, but is is less expensive than having
to buy a wardrobe for winter and another for the
summer. Any way you look at it, without wearing
uniforms, it simply costs more money.
the schools in my state (Colorado), there are dress
codes for the purpose of reducing gang violence.
The gang violence did, in fact, decline but it
seems as though it was just outdated...not that the
dress code helped significantly. The police and
other authorities seem to punish their students
just because they are unsuccessful at doing their
job. I don't agree with a dress code for the
reasons that we have here.
Wiman, Colorado, U.S.
believe that all schools should acquire a uniform.
I think that uniforms benefit everyone. I have been
going to a private school now for 3 years, and I
have found that during school when everyone is
wearing their uniforms, no one is really looked at
any differently. In public schools, however, there
is a lot of racism because of their
may think that dress codes are a good idea, and I
agree that they do belong where making a good
impression is necessary. I don't believe that
schools should have dress codes because it is an
American right to have freedom of expression.That
right should not be taken away.
our school all our dress code is--is that we have
to wear shorts that reach our fingertips when we
put our arms down. We also cannot wear shirts that
show our stomach. Another thing is wearing shirts
that have any advertising of tobacco, alcohol or
co-ed naked shirts. No one thinks the shorts rule
is fair because everyone has different arm
highly recommend a dress code in my high school. A
lot of kids wear gang colors. Others are considered
dorks because of the way they dress.
uniforms are not right for adolescents! While
wearing uniforms, we cannot express our values and
our actions. I attend a school in which we do not
have school uniforms. We don't have any problems
with gangs, violence, or dress code
don't think school uniforms are all that bad as the
students put them out to be because you do not
compete with others over whose clothes are better.
Although I do think that they should have one day
of the week where we can wear something other than
our uniforms. For example, Friday could be the day
we do not wear our uniforms.
think that I love uniforms. I don't have to worry
about what to wear in the mornings, or what my
friends will think of me.
Codes are not a necessary part of today's society.
Sure there are fights over certain clothing styles
or name brands, but taking away our freedom of
expression will not solve all of our problems. I
believe that stricter rules should be enforced and
a normal way of dressing should stay.
think we should have to wear uniforms at school
because it will 1)make us look and feel more mature
2) less troubles with gangs and nonsense like that.
Plus the military is sharp and disciplined in
uniform. Why can't we?
think dress codes are necessary in schools. It
creates a safe and equal environment among
students. It's too bad that people think you have
to express yourself with material things. Whatever
happened to a mind and voice.
doing a project on dress codes at our school. I go
to a relatively large school and there is much
diversity. We come from a small town in Vermont so
clothes are self-expression. Art and music,
literature and speaking promotes awareness and the
ability to grow beyond pre-formed ancient molds.
Given the opportunity our society can grow and
develop. The world's greatest inventions are
created to pass through standards and barriers. Do
not enforce upon the future of tomorrow uniformity.
Allow us to be creative and diverse. We will create
a modern universe.
Bergman, Vermont, U.S.
not like dress codes or school uniforms because
they take away from one's originality,
individuality, and ingenuity. They become problems
in school because violators find the punishments
unfair and cruel. Dress codes need to be modified
and made less strict and school unfirms should only
be in private schools.
believe that a dress code is pointless. A lot of
people use their attire as a form of expression. It
really shouldn't matter what you wear to school. If
you are focused enough on what you are doing, then
what you wear shouldn't affect what info. you
absorb in school. Dress code is just a petty rule
that the school board feels they have to touch on
because they don't care about real issues that
affect us daily in a classroom. In my classes
roaches happen to be roaming around as if they
owned the place, why doesn't the school board do
something about that?
my name is John Montoya and I am 11 years old and
people in this world think that kids don't make a
difference. Well guess what. They do and I am way
against the fact that we can't wear what we want. I
mean some things are not appropriate for school but
in Texas it gets like really hot and we can't wear
shorts. I don't think so or what about when it gets
cold we can't wear pants. Well we can. It's just we
have to wear tight pants when we should at least be
able to wear baggy pants to keep us
Montoya, Texas, U.S.
wore a uniform for 6 years in school I think
uniforms are very useful, reasonable, and
convenient, but I can't agree with school uniforms.
In Japan, teachers say the same thing. "You should
wear uniforms because it is a school rule." They
advise, "If you wear uniforms, you won't do bad
things." Junior and high school students know that
short skirts, dyed-brown hair, earrings and so on
are bad things, but when they are 13-18 years old,
people are growing the most. I grew up 10 cm in 3
years, so my skirt became shorter and shorter. My
teacher got angry at me. A lot of students think it
is very stupid, so I think school uniforms are not
it is very important what people think about
clothes themselves. Children can learn from
choosing clothes themselves. They can things like
how to adapt to temperature or climate. So, I
disagree that school uniforms are
agree that students should wear school uniforms
because wearing uniforms can make their minds
clear. They can concentrate and think about school
is the same thing when you wear a uniform for
sports. For example, if you wear a baseball
uniform, you think more about the game and you are
more comfortable. So, it's easier to
some people may disagree to wear uniforms because
they feel stiff and formal. They might like to wear
other clothes. Some people don't want to wear
uniforms because they are expensive.
believe that dress codes are necessary in certain
environments, and not so necessary in others. For
example, I volunteer in a professional office and I
am required to wear professional attire such as a
suit and tie. This doesn't bother me because I am
representing that organization when I am there and
I should be appropriately attired. However, I have
attended private schools which have enforced strict
dress codes and I do not see the need for them. Why
should one be subject to rules such as these when
they are simply learning in a class room? I can
understand an office, but not a class
us your ideas
about dress codes and uniforms.
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