March 31, 2009

School Uniforms


What does everyone think about school uniforms? Zayneb recently asked my what my school uniform looked like when I was a kid. I told her we didn't have them, that we wore whatever we wanted. She thought that was just the greatest thing. I personally like that the kids have uniforms for school. It takes out the guess work about what to wear for school. Also when all the kids are dressed the same there is a lot less comparison and competition about kids' clothes. I think they look nice in them and it's conducive to learning in a way.

On the other hand, we have to make sure every hair elastic is white only and have plenty of clean white socks. The school sells the uniforms for a lot but you can buy say the navy pants anywhere as long as the are plain and no cargo pockets or anything. Also I learned that some people just buy blue shirts anywhere and get the school logo embroidered on somewhere and it's a lot cheaper that way. We'll definitely do that next year. I do wish their uniform was something easier and more casual like a navy polo and khaki pants though.

25 comments:

  1. I went to Catholic school, so I had a uniform for 12 years. I liked it. It was nice to not have to think of what to wear to school each day. By the time we got to high school, we had all figured out ways to personalize our uniforms. We didnt have a rigid dress code, but there were certian things we had to wear and we augmented them with buttons, pins, and such.
    The public schools here in Philadelphia have a uniform now. Its a very simple one (blue pants, blue shirt) but I think that uniforms are a good idea.

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  2. Thanks for your input, Regina. Some argue against uniforms saying it doesn't let the kids express themselves but I think when kids wear a uniform it lets their actual personalities shine through, and people aren't judged based on what they wear.

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  3. Iman went to school for a short time and I loved the fact that she wore a uniform. I can imagine the benefits as kids get older, too. When I was in high school getting ready for school was like getting ready for a stroll down a New York City high fashion catwalk. It was ridiculous. I think uniforms eliminate a lot of the problems kids today are having in public schools.

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  4. I like the idea of uniforms. I only had a bit of a dress code for one of the schools I went to and basically we could not wear blue jeans, shorts and had to wear a shirt with a collar and no large logos or designs.

    I would have liked a more complete uniform because this really stripped my personal style since I love jeans of all styles and shirts with some sort of design. Most kids were pretty "well off" and had polos wiht the tiny logos like Tommy or Lacoste... Anyway...

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  5. I think it's very nice that kids have school uniforms!I wish I'd have one when I was a child.Because of the comparison,you know!I happened to be on the side of the children who always had had very good clothes and it wasn't always easy to
    hear remarks from children who didn't have that good or nice clothes.

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  6. I went to a Catholic High School and as much as I complained about having a uniform (you just had to or you would be considered 'wierd' if you actually liked it! ahah) I really did like it as I didn't have to be up with the latest fashions and saved my parents tons of money! I like the idea still and would love if my kids (inshallah one day) were to wear it too! I think kids will express themselves in different ways, not just in clothing!

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  7. sabiwabi6:36 PM

    I went to Catholic school all growing up and was glad to have a uniform so that we didn't have to compete with others and their $$$$.

    What is up with the plaid though? I wonder why that has become the standard for school uniforms across the globe.

    Who said the Scottish never contributed anything to civilization? Ha!

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  8. yah same. i went to a catholic school and we had uniforms. so much easier and safer. it stops kids competing, becoming fashion whores and picking on the poor kid who hasnt got the lastest cool thing to wear like everyone else.

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  9. Here in my country...
    uniforms for identification and remove the differences among the students...I just think it positively

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  10. lol like all of you guys went to catholic school. it's revert city up in here..masha'Allah

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  11. I had a uniform for the first 9 years of my schooling

    Then when high school didn't have a uniform, that was a serious pain in the neck. Since I didn't have much 'outside' clothes due to the uniform taking up all my closet space, I had to buy a complete new wardrobe.

    I think I'd rather have uniform over no uniform though, it really does give you so much time in the morning.

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  12. I would have loved a uniform, Mona. One less thing for the jerky kids (and I'm sure you remember those bullies as well as I) to judge me on.

    Your kids look adorable!

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  13. I had uniform when I was a little girl, but when I started school here in the USA no more uniform, however I do know kids now days where uniform in public schools.

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  14. I whent to a catholic post secondary school and had a uniform. I really enjoyed it, and I think it formed good habits in me-as in personal discipline. As well as kept others from judging you so harshly on the type of clothing you are wearing. Living in a non-muslim society where vanity is everything, it was nice to be able to attend a school where that did not exist.
    I agree that they should however make the uniform more affordable for parents and more durable for children.

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  15. in indonesia, most public school make the students wear a uniform and hijabs if they're muslims. its rather new cos when i was still in school we'd only wear uniform and hijabs are optional to those who wish to be religious. i like that rule better cos u'll see these kids taking off their hijabs in the middle of the streets.

    its understandable cos they dont have the intention to wear hijabs. they'd just look at it as a part of the uniform.

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  17. Thanks for your input everyone, wow not one person against?

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  18. Anonymous5:02 PM

    Against! No, not really. But my friends who went to school where they had uniforms told me that, if kids can't pick on you because of your clothes, they pick on you because you have a cheap watch, your parens drive cheap cars etc. Kids always find something to pick on eachother about. Sad, really.

    Mira

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  19. Mira, yea that's sad, mean kids will be mean but it evens the scales a little bit.

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  20. Good idea overall... the idea is like Hajj - everyone wears the same thing because everyone is equal!

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  21. ive never had them and the kids havent either. Im not sure how I feel about them. I realize they could make things easier, but I also know I only have limited funds when the school year starts.... you know what I mean?

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  22. Khadra, I do know what you mean, You already have to buy regular clothes like jeans and stuff and regular shoes too. I still prefer uniforms but I do know its a big expense right at the beginning of the year.

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  23. My comment isn't about uniforms, but...

    Your daughters are so beautiful, MashAllah...

    and that your son? Wow, she's a handsome boy!

    Mashallah, gorg family

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  24. btw who picked the uniforms cos the skirt totally doesnt match the top.it looks so out of place

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  25. Thanks Maryam

    Ange, you can't see it in the pic but the plaid has a light blue in it. Ok ms. fashion? lol jk.

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