Loving school uniforms yet?

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).

78 comments Add your comment

Black Woman In Clayco

September 28th, 2009
10:31 am

My daughter HATED having to go along with a dress code. She won’t readily admit that its easier on her, but I know it is. She used to spend too much time in the evenings trying to figure out what to wear the next day and I’d tell her it’s school not a fashion show! I used to feel bad that I couldn’t afford to “keep up with the Jones” so she could wear the in clothing and this year I not only saved money but didn’t have to feel bad. Lady in the article is right about the shoes but that’s affordable for a young lady. Good idea to whoever came up with it.


September 28th, 2009
2:01 pm

If a PUBLIC school makes my kids wear a uniform, IT WILL BE SUED.


September 28th, 2009
4:32 pm

The schools are still not enforcing the dress code policy. some of the girls have found a loophole in the system, so they wear high heel shoes, open toed shoes oppose to wearing sneakers which I think a safer. And they don’t have to wear a “polo’ shirt, as long as it has a collar on it and is the color colors, button down. The school lets them slide with it.(Drew High School)


September 28th, 2009
4:51 pm

Enter your comments here


September 28th, 2009
5:12 pm

It is not Uniform dress- it is a uniform style dress. Shoes and accesories are not covered. The whole thrust of this was to get the hoochie dress and the pants-belted-at-the-knees out of our schools.

The first poster here is right. It is cheaper and less stressful for the students.

The Truth

September 28th, 2009
8:11 pm

Codes likes this are put in place by schools, because the parents will not do their job. Most of them dress like their kids anyway.


September 28th, 2009
10:33 pm

I wish that uniforms were required when I was in school. I think things would have been much easier. I would have saved all of the hard earned cash that I earned from my part time jobs too!!


September 29th, 2009
8:39 am

If a PUBLIC school makes my kids smart, IT WILL BE SUED.

Mom of stroke survivor

September 29th, 2009
11:53 am

My youngest entered kindergarten this year. He was fine wearing his navy polo shirt and khaki pants on the first day of school. On the second day, he informed me that he already wore those clothes. I had to explain a “uniform” to him. School clothes shopping was very easy. I was even able to find nice shirts and pants at thrift stores which saved lots of money. My son is not competing with anyone when it comes to clothes. We don’t have fights because everyone else is wearing a certain brand. I thought it was cute when my son asked if he could have a belt because another boy wore a belt. Better a new belt than over priced clothes. So I am very pleased with the uniforms.

Billy Bob

September 29th, 2009
12:17 pm

Just get it straight, Clayton county. I do not have kids in school but I pay a huge chunk of the school tax being a homeowner. Whatever it takes to get the property values way up there, I don’t care if they make ‘em wear potato sacks!

No kids in CCPS

September 29th, 2009
12:58 pm

No kids in CCPS but had to say yes these kids look 100% better then they used to like night and day. If you look good you feel good and hopefully apply yourself to learn more in class.


September 29th, 2009
3:46 pm

I like the idea of the uniforms but, instead of making us buy differnt color shirts (each grade )should be have their own color shirt. My kids like the idea


September 29th, 2009
3:50 pm

No more kids in the system, but I like seeing the kids at bus stops. I do hope HS and MS students are following the rules…some are a little harder to tell as I drive by. I hope it improves the schools and the children’s attitude.


September 29th, 2009
3:52 pm

I like the idea of the uniform. i have no problem with this but i think (each grade) should be have to wear a certain color shirt instead of making us but differnt shirts.

Now lets focus on raising the bar on everything

September 29th, 2009
10:05 pm

The same amount of time and effort that was put into the uniforms should be channeled to raising the bar on every other level –attendance, academics and oh yes, real community involvement not just a dog and pony show that we have seen in the last three forums with the new superintendent. God did we blow it when we let the evil ones chase Dr. Pulliuam away!

Now lets focus on raising the bar on everything

September 29th, 2009
10:25 pm

The same amount of time and effort that was put into the uniforms should be channeled to raising the bar on every other level –attendance, academics and oh yes, real community involvement not just a dog and pony show that we have seen in the last three forums with the new superintendent. God did we blow it when we let the evil ones chase Dr. Pulliam away!

Loving the farce

September 30th, 2009
10:15 am

Are you loving the CHARADE that the current and former teachers on the board actually dealt with discipline with uniforms?

Well if you love the CHARADE, then you’ll love the REALITY of continued substandard success, combined of course with a world class vision. If this is what passes as world class vision, then CCPS is in serious need of eye surgery.

Woe, woe, woe, for Dr. Pulliam is gone

September 30th, 2009
12:47 pm

Yes it is SO terrible that Dr. Pulliam is gone! She had ONE MILLION DOLLARS in administrative positions slipped into the budget, positions that DIDN’T EVEN HAVE JOB DESCRIPTIONS.

But that evil Norreese Haynes publicly called her on it, and she had to take the positions out of the budget.

That EVIL Norreese Haynes. If it wasn’t for him, we’d still have Dr. Pulliam as well as MANY of her friends, costing ClayCo MILLIONS in well paid positions that didn’t even have JOB DESCRIPTIONS.

How evil that Mr. Haynes was, for keeping Pulliam from taking care of all of her friends at taxpayer expense. How EVIL!

Speaking of Pulliam

September 30th, 2009
1:45 pm

At least with Dr. Pulliam we would have gotten our money’s worth. She was a class act that the outside forces/status quo was not able to deal with. Sadly, you still have a board of education, starting with the chairman that is being funded and directed by outside forces.

Spin cycle

September 30th, 2009
2:44 pm

Speaking of Pulliam, if you can explain how trying to sneak ONE MILLION DOLLARS in administrative positions into the budget, for positions that DIDN’T EVEN HAVE JOB DESCRIPTIONS, is both a class act and something ClayCo would have gotten its money’s worth for, then you should open up a political consulting firm, because that would definitely establish your credentials as a master of spin.


September 30th, 2009
2:49 pm

I like the uniforms. I would not want each grade to have it’s own color. I would have to buy all new shirts each year, even if they still fit and wouldn’t allow you to pass them down as easliy.

Black in Clayton

September 30th, 2009
3:45 pm

Again the real power behind the power will have its way. The new K-8 school is to be named and the mascot may be either a cow or a chicken! It seems odd – with the make-up of this BOE; but maybe, with a few ex-teachers on the board – a little professional jealously is at work here.


September 30th, 2009
5:01 pm

Hate Uniform I wanna be unique not look like everybody else!!!!1

Big Earl

September 30th, 2009
5:23 pm

To the new Trotter posts – easy to recognize you my little buddy

Pulliam was a great asset but did play loose with the money. But since you want to pat yourself on the back and your puppet on the old BOE for getting rid of Pulliam and crowing about the $1 million admin costs. Wait till you see the bill from Thompson; you know, the one your board members, including Noreese, put into place, gave carte blanche to, and in the process shirked all responsibilities. $1 million will seem like a bargain. Kinda stings – don’t it.

renita burwell

September 30th, 2009
7:12 pm

To skjkd: Please stop selling woof tickets and get on with the lawsuit. To waste of your money: No, the schools w/not enforce the code, thats only for kids they don’t like. To loving the farce: Let the church say amen. And guess what? You will really love the farce five years later, when you realize the schools still have the same problems that the uniforms didn’t solve.


September 30th, 2009
9:25 pm

Enter your comments here Speaking of uniform. Don’t you just love the way the posts of the trolls,NOW LETS FOCUS ON RAISING THE BAR ON EVERYTHING, LOVING THE FARCE, WOE,WOE,WOE, FOR DR PULIAM IS GONE, SPEAKING OF PULLIAM, SPIN CYCLE. are all so uniform that if somebody were intelligent they would believe that they were written by the same person? Don’t you think that person should have more to do in their life than try to stir up hate and discontent? Don’t you think that that person must be overpaid as they seem to spend all their time posting against the school board? Makes one wonder. Doesn’t it?

Viral Vic

September 30th, 2009
10:26 pm

Is it true that Sgt. Edmund Heatley still has Principal Adams at Mundy’s Mill High School? The PSC defrocked her. No certificate. Don’t you get this, Sgt. Heatley? This is highly illegal. This is not California. Georgia law. Yep, you might need someone who will give you the correct advice on Georgia School Law, and that person would not by Glenn Brock.


September 30th, 2009
10:35 pm

The school uniforms are “EXCELLENT”, however instituted by the old BOE. Meanwhile, naming the new panhandle school after any of the two plutocrats that temporarily stole accreditation is “Recidivism” = the tendency to relapse into a previous undesirable type of behavior, especially criminal.


September 30th, 2009
10:47 pm

I thought to name a school after someone in Clayton County, that person “MUST” be dead? That got to be in policies BH,BB,BG something! I guess the BOE is letting some outside entities twist they’re arm! I’m going to tell SACS next week!


September 30th, 2009
10:59 pm

The school uniforms look GREAT, but belts for boys and high heels for girls need to be worked out in the high schools. However, it is just like “LO” the ole fat confederate says, “It’s “Unethical” to name a school after a person “Merely” because they’re still walking on Earth”!

Clatyon Resident

October 1st, 2009
8:45 am

Don’t believe the old boe instituted school uniforms. Their regime couldn’t even enforce the dress code already in place at the time. But even if they did have anything to do with instituting school uniforms, all you did was prove that was one more thing the old school board couldn’t do right that the new one did. My kids hate the dress code but I don’t care and they know it. A lot worse things in life than a dress code and yeah it saved me a lotta money.


October 1st, 2009
8:59 am

Enter your comments here
I agreed with the idea of students wearing uniforms. However, the students look like clowns in the “so called” uniform. Does anyone know the meaning of UNIFORM? The studentw are wearing whatever they want, they just wear some of the colors. Come on Clayton County School


October 1st, 2009
9:04 am

Enter your comments here UNIFORM? Are you kidding me! The students look like clowns. This is not what a uniform outfit looks like. The sudents are still in CONTROL. When will the real leaders of Clayton County Schools wake up….WHY is everyone frowing on Clayton County…..look who is leading the group.


October 1st, 2009
11:31 am

OK I just read the petition by the High school students against school uniforms. I would not sign that. But where is the one by the adults in Clayton county to KEEP the uniform? THAT one I would sign.


October 1st, 2009
11:36 am

What!? No posts about ‘discipline’!?

They aren’t ‘uniforms’. It’s a ‘uniform dress code’. And, overall, a very good idea; for the reasons stated.

Oh please

October 1st, 2009
12:58 pm

Well, I see things haven’t changed much on this blog, but that’s okay. Keep up the good fight, Trotter. Maybe someday we will care what you have to say.

Anyway, I said it last year and I’ll say it again. The uniform dress code is awesome!!! Mine are in elementary so they have already long since got over the fact that the clothes do not make them who they are. Instead, they choose to be unique with their school performance. I doubt it will be very long before neighboring school systems follow suit. Great call, CCPS, and whoever came up with this brainchild! I’m lovin’ it!


October 1st, 2009
1:19 pm

To Omniscient – You must be eating morning-glory seeds or licking frogs – to think the old BOE had anything to do with school uniforms . They could not even control themselves – hence lost accreditation. They could not think about policies involving the schools – they were too busy in-fighting and doing the massa’s work. Right JT ?

To Axiomatic – The rules for naming a school for someone still alive – is that that person has to agree to let it be done. Read the policy sometime. OR knowing who this is – you already know the policy.

To Accentuate – just get ready for the new school mascot to be either a Chicken or a Cow. Oh happy days. I like the other option which could be Eddie’s Eagles.


October 1st, 2009
6:58 pm

Why do you care if they wear heels? I think they look very nice. Most of the kids (98%)wore their uniform from day one without complaining. People keep wanting to punish the kids for the problems with the school system. Most of CCPS problems are the adults running it. It’s easy to blame the child, it make you look productiive when you really are not.

Viral Vic

October 2nd, 2009
12:08 am

BB and Big Earl: You guys are so stoopid when it comes to facts. John Trotter was the one whom the AJC qouted as soon as the board voted for Thompson. JT is the one who criticized John Thompson from jump street. All any soopido politico has to do is google this and see that JT is qouted in newspapers throughout the country about the Clayton board hiring this educational reject from Tulsa and Pittsburg. By the way, JT never met the man nor communicated with him either directly or indirectly in any manner or form. The same thing with Edmund Heatley. Quite frankly, JT doesn’t give a rat’s behind about the school board or the superintendent in Clayton — whomever they are. He cares about taking care of the MACE teachers, and he does a darn good job of this. Might this be the reason why some apparently are so jealous. He is independent. Doesn’s have any person for whom he has to answer. Doesn’t have any boss snoopervising him. Isn’t this every person’s dream? Dr. Trotter always says that he has “the best job in American.” I heard him say the other day: “If Clayton Countians want a school system that is run by thugs, with violence and disorder reigning, then good for them. I hope that they are happy.”

No obligation

October 2nd, 2009
11:01 am

For those who don’t want to listen to Dr. Trotter, you may happily continue to do so. And continue to see your tax dollars go to the likes of Pulliam, and Thompson, and now Heatley, and continue to pay, and then pay some more for them and the cronies they bring in. All this Dr. Trotter tried to tell you about. All this you now get to pay for.

And as you continue to ignore Dr. Trotter, rejoice in that you are getting everything that comes as a natural consequence. A bottom of the barrel product that produces among the lowest scores in the metro area, yet makes the claim that it is world class in vision.

And don’t worry at all that the teachers on the board, who talk privately about how the lack of discipline is hurting the public schools, won’t publicly deal with the issue. Sure discipline is still terrible, the score are even worse, but the uniforms sure look snappy!


October 2nd, 2009
1:24 pm

John Trotter get the hint! You are nothing in Clayton County schools anymore. Good bye!


October 2nd, 2009
4:28 pm

He is – a LEGEND in his own mind !!


October 3rd, 2009
1:33 am

I have no life but to be jealous of JT. Why can’t I be him? Because I am a wimp? Please!


October 3rd, 2009
10:50 pm

because you are him – everyone sees thru your sophomoric little games – it seems even Mr. Haynes thinks so – see above


October 4th, 2009
11:42 am

To BB, everyone know you’re a BB brain! Everyone knows the accreditation lost is “Political Racism”! Look at Metro Areas CRCT Cheating and Cobb County BOE 57 illegal meetings and “No SACS intervention. Accreditation lost in Clayton”Pure Racism”


October 4th, 2009
11:54 am

Yep, Accreditation Lost Threat is a “Racism Tool” for dummies


October 4th, 2009
5:30 pm

The rich white folk of Clayton is “Threaten and Controlling with Accreditation Lost” the vast majority of the voting population “Black” is a form of “Racism”! However, Clayton’s dumb black elected idiots are allowing it to happen! “Accreditation Lost ” what is “THAT” in light of Metro Areas CRCT Cheating and Cobb County BOE 57 illegal meetings and “No SACS intervention. Please pray for “LO” pray for the schools “Klan effort” keep you stupid! This is “ONE” Question to ask Mark Elgart this week! Mark Elgart, why is there “NO” SACS intervention in this “PUBLIICLY AJC STORY” about Metro Areas CRCT Cheating and Cobb County BOE 57 illegal meetings and “No SACS intervention? Ain’t that “MORE” about the education of kids? Elgart, you’re a “FAKE” and is RACIST!


October 4th, 2009
6:10 pm

I will always bring up JT’s name…whenever I can. He doesn’t deserve the freedom that he enjoys! Please! He may have warned the school system about Chavis, Pulliam, Thompson, and Heatley, but I still am mad at him because I blame him for getting rid of Dan Colwell! I will always blame him for this! Please!


October 5th, 2009
11:43 am

Oh Please! Everyone knows that Mark Elgart of SACS is the biggest phoney out there! Please! Yes, dear, the little ones on the CCBOE are being led around by a collective ring in their naive noses by Chino Valley’s educational bandid, Sgt. Edmund Heatley. Oh please! Gimme a break! I hope JT is proud. I hold him responsible for all of the mess which is in Clayton County since he ran off Dan Colwell. We can only dependent on people like Larry and David now! Be strong, men!


October 5th, 2009
9:16 pm

G Y, I see that you are stirring up things again. You can never hold on to a relationship. That’s why I left you in the first place…and took your truck. Happy living in Henry County. P. S. Clayton.Talk is your new relationship! Larry and David and I will still put out political signs in your truck this summer. Yea! We will be putting out NH’s signs. Get ready, Alieka!

I Sub in Several CC Schools

October 6th, 2009
3:24 pm

Many of the schools have ceased to enforce the uniform dress code and I am seeing more and more students wearing provocative clothing or individualizing their uniforms. The teachers, just as they are with discipline, are overwhelmed by the number of students that push the limits, and many have begun to give up.

Listen to the sub

October 6th, 2009
8:15 pm

The sub says it all. When teachers don’t get administrative support, their hands are tied. Yet this board, comprised of current and former teachers, has yet to pass the first policy that offers teachers direct tangible support from CCPS when it comes to discipline.

It’s not like this board doesn’t know. Several of them, as current and former teachers, will privately acknowledge how the lack of support for teachers has affected even their own classrooms. But I guess now that they have a little piece of the pie when it comes to serving on the BOE, what they’ll talk about privately is forgotten publicly, to protect their own political power, such as it is.


October 7th, 2009
7:15 pm

Most of the students I’ve seen still look a hot mess to me. The girls have started to “stripperize” their uniforms and the boys have modified theirs to the same “white tee/saggin” look that they’ve always worn.

Big Papi

October 8th, 2009
9:50 am

Enter your comments here Uniforms were a great first step but the policy MUST be ENFORCED. Teaching the native born to comminicate in standard english, now thats a challenge………..


October 9th, 2009
1:44 pm

I haven’t seen any chnages the “boys” have learned to by-pass the regulation by wearing xxxl pants in the required colors but at their knees. Great job BOC and not to leave the girls out…they still wear high heels. I saw one the other day that looked liked a hooker with her short dress and 6 inch heels.


October 9th, 2009
7:30 pm

Uniforms are not working at Adamson Middle School. Girls are wearing uniform skirts with multi-colored argyle socks on. They are also wearing ribbons and shoes of every color in the rainbow. The males are wearing tennis shoes from every color in the rainbow and layering their shirts with crazy colors. Daily there is a debate with a student as to what constitutes the proper uniform. Both males and females try to get away with jeans and skinny leg jeans. Jacket colors are way out there. What’s the point of having a dress code if you can’t enforce it.

AJC please hush your mouth

October 11th, 2009
11:38 pm

AJC can you please stop the CHARADE with headlines such as Clayton schools will learn accreditation fate in 30 days when anyone with HALF A BRAIN knows Elgart has already signed, sealed and delivered the POLITICAL POWER PLAY.

You were told this from THE VERY BEGINNING, that NOT ONE student would graduate with an unaccredited diploma.

AJC you just look EMBARRASSINGLY unaware with headlines like that. How many subscriptions do you HAVE TO LOSE, before you realize your readers reject BOOSTERISM as a substitute for REAL REPORTING!


October 13th, 2009
7:37 am

I love the uniforms. My son started Kindergarten and it was way cheaper to buy uniforms than regular clothes. I allow him to be different through his personality. School is about education thats whats wrong with us we focus on the wrong thing. Who the hell cares what u have on. Bye the way when did the get rid of recess in the schools?

The Sarge

October 17th, 2009
11:40 pm

A commenter, presumably a student, expresses a disdain for uniforms, stating a desire to be unique. It’s certainly ok to want to express individuality in one form or another, however, could this be a manifestation of low self esteem? Personally, I strongly favor school uniforms, however, education leadership, in conjunction with establishing dress codes, should be stressing the need to prioritize the many variables in students’ lives. Lets educate these kids, not simply command them to wear a uniform.

CCPS High School Teacher

October 24th, 2009
12:43 am

The uniforms are not working on the high school level. Boys and girls have figured out how to get around it and it’s getting worse every week. Girls are looking ridiculous in their short, short skirts, and high heels and the guys are wearing pants down to their knees. The uniform policy is a great idea, it just needs much more clarification. The students have figured out that as long as they wear a collared shirt in the right color (or close to it) they can wear anything over it. And girls don’t have to wear a polo style shirt which leaves them wide open to anything as long as it has a collar. They are suppose to layer their clothes in their school colors, but that’s not happening either. As far as discipline goes, the kids are so far out of touch it’s not funny. Our AP tells everyone to go to homeroom at least 10 times before 90% of the students start moving after breakfast in the morning. During the pledge and moment of silence, there is sometimes laughter and total disrespect. The faculty tries to do what they can, but they are very discouraged with the students and their behavior. Most parents have no idea how their kids are acting at school or they don’t care. It’s all very sad! We are close to being taken over by the state if test scores don’t come up this year. As a 30 year Clayton County veteran, our schools have gone down the drain. I would like to encourage parents to visit their child’s school and see what’s going on first hand.


October 24th, 2009
3:39 pm

The answer to the questions posed by this blog is a resounding “YES”


November 2nd, 2009
3:43 pm

This what happens when children begins to show off their assets. I’m DoubleAction and nobody told me to say that.


November 25th, 2009
1:49 am

As a former 8 yr ELECTED member of the Governing Bd of the 2nd largest HS district in the nation (Phx Union), and as a retired lawyer, I will tell you that uniforms are ABSURD. To see why, look at the PARENTS (not kids) anti-uni website—www.aprod.org and its many links. DRESS CODES are the answer and they should be ENFORCED; we were able to do that in PHX w/o going to unis—and I don’t see why you-all can’t do the same. NO school has to tolerate baggy, saggy clothes or ones showing too much skin. But the problem with unis is that they ban PERFECTLY-APPROPRIATE conservative, TRADITIONAL street clothes worn by school kids—at least in the south & west –for 100 years—namely PROPERLY-fitted denim jeans and logo or striped tee shirts.

This khaki/polo rule is ABSURD and self-defeating. It is MORE preppy & expensive than “regular clothes” ( FEW kids want to stage  a fashion show at school; I have worked with anti-uni parents in 30 states and NONE EVER—ZERO—wanted to send their kids in fancy,name-brand clothes.) We are JUST fighting for the right to send our kids in DIVERSE clothes of different styles & colors as we always have. You-all posters who want uniformity—-Please emigrate to CUBA, CHINA or NORTH KOREA—and you will find all the neatly-dressed uniformity you can want. This is AMERICA—where JFK reminded us that “We must make the world safe for diversity.”
At least the Ga. schools should permit PARENT opt-out from unis as does all the Miami, Fla. schools and all schools in NYC, Wisc. and California. Believe it or not, mand unis WITH PARENT opt-out works; the kids LOSE the opt-out if they violate the regular dress code. You foolish people do NOT realize that KHAKIS can be bought & worn JUST as over-sized as jeans (as ONE poster points out)—and the 3 buttons on polo shirts allow MUCH more skin to be exposed than when someone wears a crew-necked tee shirt. But your stupid Board wants to suspend kids for wearing perfectly-appropriate clothes worn by 90 pct of U.S. school kids.
NO THANKS. If I was there, I would do what Long Beach,. Calif HS kids did 10 years ago—threatened SUICIDE (really) unless the Bd rescinded HS unis—which they did. Now only two “choice” schools have unis there.
Again, I SHARE the feeling of the 90 pct pro-uni group that kids NEED discipline and need to be PROPERLY dressed for school. But diverse styles & colors—subject to a regular dress code—is the answer—not uniforms. Some schools have spent $500,000 defending uni policies in court. Do your schools have that much SPARE CHANGE around? I suspect NOT.. Write me at GaryK57647@aol.com for info on how to stop fully-mand unis in your area.


November 25th, 2009
11:01 am

“Low self-esteem”? In a word, no.


November 25th, 2009
11:23 am

Of course, the REAL problem is that once they’re instituted, dress codes and uniforms don’t change. This is as much about mere sartorial conservatism (in the sense of not wanting change) as anything else; they’re designed to prevent it. I could incorporate Spandex and rock-star hair into an ensemble featuring a waist-length double-breasted jacket and tie (and have in fact done so), but it’d be rejected on a basis of “unfamiliarity” as much as anything else. The real problem with uniforms and dress codes is that they enshrine a certain poverty of invention as a sort of classical state.

drop a bomb on clayton county

November 25th, 2009
2:43 pm

why don’t they have these problems in alpharetta?

clayton county is a joke. if these kids (and parents) knew how to act and dress appropriately to begin with there would be no need for uniforms. so long as your boy goes to school dressed like a crack dealer and your daughter like she’s next on the main stage pole, they will fail.


November 25th, 2009
4:34 pm

Amazing that, in 2009, there are schools still introducing uniform as mandatory policy for the first time. This all happened in the late 80s and early 90s in Australia, and to this day many a foolish student claims to be striking a blow on an almost daily basis by refusing to adhere to school policy regarding required uniform. Education is a responsibility – not a right as many will attest – and the sooner students become accustomed to holding up their end of the scholastic and socially acceptable behaviour bargain, the sooner positive social and academic outcomes can be achieved.


November 25th, 2009
4:41 pm

Heh. Here they’ll tell you education’s a privilege.

Still, who gets to say what’s “socially acceptable behavior”? I guess the answer to that is as close as you can come (besides “who’s got all the money”) to the definition of “elite” (as opposed to “elitist”, which really just means “people different from me that I don’t like”).


November 25th, 2009
11:35 pm

I HATED wearing uniforms in school. I don’t know where parents get the idea that it makes lives less stressful for kids – it doesn’t. And if your child is THAT into fashion, then they deserve the extra stress they’re putting on themselves or they need to go into the industry in the future. Kids at my high school still sagged thier khaki’s, wore offensive hoodies, wore flip-flops and convienently forgot their belts at home. Uniforms aren’t any cheaper or more expensive than any other clothes, so don’t go there. You just have to buy another set of clothes, which is where expense comes in. Why buy more clothes when you have plenty?

Author of the Petition

December 1st, 2009
2:39 pm

I wish the AJC would give me a spread or at least a small space on their newspaper to actually be able to voice my opinion to the masses rather than reducing me to a small mentioning in a blog. Not only that, but I would GLADLY debate the school officials on the topic of uniforms in a public setting.


December 2nd, 2009
10:12 pm

So many parents keep speaking about the monies saved by purchasing uniforms. You would rather save money instead of your child’s individualism. If parents and school officials would, actually, focus on the education of the children, the test scores would be much higher and we could begin bringing back the educators that left when Clayton County lost its accreditation. Parents need to focus on what’s important. Yes, children should dress in a neat way. But dressing them like drones isn’t the solution. I have suggested many times that the teachers be made to adhere to the same dress code. The teachers protested. Why? They want the children in uniforms. Is it a selfish desire to maintain their personality when they enter their work place? Wow… Now. What about the children? When did being under the age of 18 mean that you lost your right to express who you were? Walk the green line. Eat lunch without talking. Where the same colors. What’s next?


January 10th, 2010
9:30 pm

School uniforms suck. Parents cant talk for the kids, kids hate uniforms. I have worn uniforms for every school and i go to a school where I dont have to thats crap! You guys cant put uniforms in the high schools thats wrong!


June 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

The kids do look much better in school uniforms, it’s also easier for them to concentrate on their studies.


July 17th, 2010
11:26 pm

you simply minded people…. listen to my words. this uniform has brong nothing but pain and horror to my fellow classmates and i think we had enough… hell, we all think we had enough, every single thing that has happened or said about the pros of uniform is bull. students hate it, nothing that the board hoped has changed, and we all feel like were in the hitler youth! conform this… and conform that. well damnit i’m not going to stand for something that i dont believe in! if you havent figured out what i mean, well damnit i mean reform! fight for the things we believe in! fight like our fore fathers had! fight like our country had for freedom! fight like the late great mlk jr once did! fight till we see the mighty v for victory!!! fight to regain our freedom from uniforms!!! fight! fight! FIGHT!!!!!!
thank you

just my oppinion

August 5th, 2010
1:46 pm

It is my belief that the uniforms were put in place to take our children’s focus off their clothes and allow them to concentrate on their school work. Unfortunately, the kids now want their parent to buy name brand clothing that follows the uniform guidelines, which in the end, clothing is still a major distraction.


August 8th, 2010
10:18 am

I am sorry for the late response as I just found this blog. But this response is to the person who stated that CCPS blew it wehn Dr. Barbara Pulliam left the county. In contrast, the best thing that could have ever happened to the county is when they got rid of Dr. Pulliam. If truth be told, she was totally clueless and relied on Sharon Contress-Halton to do everything. She is the main reason that the county is experiencing the financial difficulty it is going through as she headed the bad land deal which was not remotely worth the money that was paid. She also gave salary increases to her relatives and friends of 100,000+ yearly and one of which who only held a bachelor’s degree. She was cruel, mean, and downright under-handed!

Namine Ramirez

August 10th, 2010
11:21 pm

First of all, this is completely inaccurate. Uniforms have cost an absolute fortune for me! I’ve already spent over $500 for uniforms. Is it a choice? First of all, you can’t have your kids wearing cheap, bad brands unless you want your kids to be mocked throughout their high school career. My daughter had told me about this one boy who wore the exact same thing every day of the week and how much everyone talked about him behind is back. The uniforms do NOT make them look anymore professional. In all honesty, it’s just made the kids more rebellious towards how they desire to “style” their clothing.

There is no absolute way to make all kids equal through means of uniform what-so-ever. There is always customization involved and kids rarely want to be exactly the same as another now-a-days. The best brands come from Hollister and the sort, and that is by NO means cheap. Do we love the uniforms? No. I would transfer my daughter out of Clayton County, but there is too much difficulty with the transportation. Now, they’ve even imported ridiculous schedule adjustments?

The man who even suggested the idea got kicked out of California after all! Why on earth was Clayton County stupid enough to accept something rejected by those in California? This is ridiculous and unreasonable. Clayton County is GHETTO, and will ALWAYS be ghetto.

The Constitutiion Of The United States Of America

August 10th, 2010
11:58 pm

I would appreciate it if you all would stop trampling over me……..You know freedom of speech. Whats next males cant wear braids, Females can’t wear short hair. Why claim to respect me then totally ignore all my parts?