This is why I don’t like uniforms, especially for high school students.
Uniforms are more trouble than they’re worth in light of the research showing no impact on academic performance. It seems to me that uniforms create a policing nightmare for schools with little to no payoff.
As the AJC reported Tuesday:
Tired of school uniforms, more than 1,500 Clayton County high school students came to school on Friday in what school officials called “non-appropriate dress.”
Now the students are facing suspensions, detentions and other punishments.
After questions from the AJC, school officials confirmed on Tuesday that the district was the “target” of an organized protest.
“Based on an incomplete survey of schools, the district has determined that more than 1,500 students arrived at school on Friday in non-appropriate dress,” district spokesman Charles White said in a statement.
White declined to say how many students were suspended, but said they were all disciplined. White said that discipline varied from school to school. He said he could not comment on specifics because schools are closed all week for Thanksgiving
“In several cases, this was in direct defiance of school-level administrative instructions to students advising them to be in uniform dress or face consequence for their actions,” he said in a statement.
The students at the county’s nine high schools organized online by sending messages urging their friends to “buck the system,” White said.
The uniform boycott, called “Protest As One,” was also discussed among 782 members of a public Facebook group called “Clayton County high school students against required uniforms.”
One student organizer wrote, “they can’t suspend you all and you will be making a stand for yourself.”
But the students learned otherwise.
“Students who participated in this deliberate attempt to interrupt the school routine made a bad choice on Friday and need to be held responsible for that decision,” Superintendent Edmond Heatley said in a statement. “It should be noted that disciplinary actions were based on students’ failure to follow instructions and disrupting the school and not on being out of uniform dress.”
Most school districts that institute uniforms exempt high schools as it’s very hard to tell 18-year-olds how to dress.
Clayton ordered all elementary and middle school students last year to wear uniform dress, including khaki pants, skirts, polo shirts and sweaters of the same color. This year, the policy was expanded to high schools.
I think it was a mistake and creates needless controversy and ill will among both parents and students.