By Julie Samrick
The public middle school I went to 25 years ago in the Bay Area now has a school uniform policy in place because of gang activity, and obviously parochial and many private schools have mandatory school uniform policies too, but lately I’ve been thinking how much easier life would be if all public schools made students wear uniforms.
We’re already having heated discussions with my third grade son about what’s appropriate to wear to school. This is a kid, mind you, who had always been uninterested in fashion, who used to grab the first thing he saw to wear. Mismatched clothes used to be the only thing we had to mention. Suddenly, starting this year in third grade, he’s been asking for skinny jeans, longer shorts, flat brimmed hats, and only sweatshirts “with zippers”- no pullovers, please.
My husband and son go back and forth about the gym shorts our son wants to wear to school now that the weather is getting warmer. I’ve looked at the kids at his school, and many of them are wearing them. My husband has softened from his stance that our son must wear only collared shirts and Docker shorts to school, but he’s keeping his foot down on the workout shorts. We’ve tried explaining that we show respect to teachers by what is worn to school. But he just sees his friends who are good kids wearing gym shorts.
I know we need to pick our battles, but this is a pretty strong one in our household right now. I just can’t help but think if we had a school uniform, this is one battle we could skip entirely.
Where do you weigh in on this issue?