When I went to school, back in the day, I wore what I wanted. I could go to school with tennis shoes, short sleeves and even let my hair grow as long as I wanted to. Everyone dressed the way they wanted to. But nowadays it’s changed a lot.
I can see children all wearing blue pants and white shirts and dark shoes and short hair cuts and a back pack that could actually contain a number of things not school related, like knives or guns or drugs, or even a change in clothing.
I figure they do this to make sure that any other person or child who wanders on the school grounds without any business being there will be easy to spot because he or she won’t be wearing the mandatory outfits required of all the students of that school. That might help cut down on children trying to buy or sell drugs or other items across the fences during recess.
I also figure that the faculty want’s students not to try to show off by wearing trendy clothes that would place them in a separate or elite social standing among the other, less popular and thus prevent class divisions and student rivalry with their immediate age group piers.
Finally, the dress code prevents students from using profanity or showing a preference to any organization or cult or religion that might create some level of student rivalry or hostility among opposing groups and especially gangs. Gang colors worn by students would definitely be a way of indicating to the other students and the faculty of a school that they were against the norm and that they were rebels without a cause so to speak and so on.
But what about individuality? A student who is forced to dress just like the other 680 students at a particular school, give or take a few hundred more or less, is going to feel just like a number. Part of what makes people unique is the way they cut and style their hair, the way they wear their makeup and the clothes they wear. I should think that any reasonable person or parent or child would more agree with me when I say that a public school should be about academic achievement and learning and excelling and less a way to stifle the individual rights and freedoms that most people outside of the public school system take for granted. There might be some rules about letting your baggy pants fall down so far you can see your underwear. There should be some rules about that.
In the final analysis it would seem that by promoting individuality and self expression in the minds of young students in public schools with a positive purpose to learn and to share ideas with friends and look forward to going to class without having to feel like you are some kind of soldier in a boot camp, who, when just looking around the campus you can’t find Adam from Eve unless you call out their name or text their cell!
What’s with all the back packs? When I was a Cub Scout, back packs were for camping and that’s all.
Nowadays it’s like everyone on the planet both young and old look as if they were about to go on a camping trip to Yellowstone! If I were in school and had my choice as to what to carry my books in I would prefer a shoulder bag like the professionals do in the courthouse. Back packs can’t be taken seriously and they probably are too heavily filled with candy bars and notebook computers or maybe even a pup tent and some fishing gear.