School dress codes are a subtle way to prepare our children for the real world where they must dress for success. As I pass by at least six school bus stops every morning, it’s nice to see our kids looking so good out there these days as opposed to when it was sometimes hard to tell the parents from the students.
Initially, many were against school uniforms for various reasons. But there has been little fanfare from parents about the expense, nor from students about the willingness to wear them. Even based on this petition seemingly geared towards high school students who are at least 18 years old, with only 1,758 signatures (from both parents and students), the majority aren’t opposed.
I stopped by a couple of the bus stops in my area, and while a few kids admitted they don’t mind wearing uniforms, none wanted their name attached to that statement in print. But they all begrudgingly acknowledged that the new dress code has made their lives a little easier. And while I still see young men with sagging pants at the bus stop, hopefully the code is being enforced on school grounds.
“The uniforms were actually much less expensive than buying regular clothes,” says parent Peggy Brooks, whose son attends Rex Middle School. “It draws their attention away from the clothing. You still have some kids competing with shoes to distinguish themselves, but for the most part everyone looks alike. At least that’s one less distraction.”
While school uniforms will not fix all of CCPS’s problems, it seems to be a good addition. Has your child acclimated to wearing uniforms? Were they as expensive as some thought?
REMINDER: CCPS Superintendent Edmond Heatley’s final public forum will be held on Wed. Sept. 30 at Mt. Zion High School (2535 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro).