Uniforms or Dress Codes and how they effect a learning environment Liam McDonald
Back in the early to mid 90’s a hit television sit-com, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air featured Will Smith as the main character. His mother forced him to move from the projects in Philadelphia to live with his very successful aunt and uncle in the “high toned” suburb of Los Angeles, Bel-Air. Although he was in general a “good kid” in the show, he was definitely a bit of a rebel. He and his cousin, Carleton, went to a highly tauted private school that required uniforms. Boys had to wear a school issued sport coat which was blue. However, Will commonly wore his sport coat inside out, flaunting the very colorful liner on the inside. The key point, is he had his uniform on, just wore it differently from the other boys. From this writers perspective, I am not a fan of many of the current fashions for both boys and girls. Girls show too much skin and boys wear their pants to low, to a point where it seems uncomfortable. One should not have to hold on to their pants to keep them from falling down. Designer clothes are expensive and certain colors could lead to gang related violence. Hence, how do school uniforms affect the community and culture in a school building?
Fashion, as it always has, clearly makes a statement. Many kids these days feel that it is a necessity to be “dressed to the nines” or to wear what everybody else is wearing. For example, high school aged girls today, in my opinion need to have at least one pair of UGGS. To me, it doesn’t make sense to wear a pair of wool lined leather boots when it is 85 degrees outside, but “everybody else is doing it, so I should to.” Boys seem to think that they need to have their pants as baggy as possible to a point where their underwear is exposed for everybody to see and they need to hold on to their pants as they are walking through the halls. Perhaps I am old...
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