How do school uniforms affect student attitudes?

How do school uniforms affect student attitudes?

A lot of schools around the world have a complete school uniform that is to be worn by all the students compulsorily. This trend of school uniforms started around 16th century in UK and has since then been widely used in different parts of the world. Though there are a lot of critics of this system of uniforms, a lot of people also promote this concept. Those in favour of the idea suggest that it cultivates a lot of positive attitudes in students from a very early age that are difficult to promote otherwise. Some of these include.

 

1. Encourage good discipline

The schools that have uniforms, are usually very strict about them, emphasizing that the dress code be followed particularly. This requires the students to be especially disciplined about it. This is one way in which uniforms encourage discipline. Secondly, they teach students to always be well-presentable. This also helps them become more disciplined and systematic.

 

2. Boosting Professionalism

Putting on a uniform every day before school makes it a monumental event, the way a sports person gets ready before a game. This helps them get into the mindset of school and be mentally ready for all that is to come. Secondly, it trains them to behave more professionally and have a rather systematic outlook towards life.

3. Creating a sense of identity

Till the time a child goes to school, he/ she looks at the world through the eyes of his/ her family. They don’t see themselves as an individual but rather someone related to the members of their family. However, this changes once a formal school education begins. Children start having an individual sense of identity rather than a dependent or relative identity. Having a school uniform, helps this process significantly. Not only that, it also helps students identify themselves with the school and its other members. It creates a different sense of belongingness that is difficult to harbour otherwise.

 

4. It removes socio-economic barriers.

If the students are allowed to wear anything that they want, their clothes are bound to showcase some stark socio-economic differences. Rich kids would wear fancier clothes while the poor kids would end up with simple dresses. This would create a conscious and subconscious divide in the minds of the children, distancing them from one another. It would lead to a superiority complex in the minds of the rich kids and would create an inferiority complex in the minds of the poor kids. Instead, if all of them are made to wear a uniform, such a situation won’t arise.

Having a uniform changes the complete outlook of a student and impacts his/ her personal as well as professional attitudes significantly.