Juana Summers at NPR breaks down all the elements of a dress code, citing what most schools across the country share in common. Summers also discusses incidents in several schools where dress code made the news for one reason or another. She also raises the important question of whether there is an underlying gender bias when establishing dress codes.
Lisa Runge, an Illinois elementary school teachers, opens up this forum asking parents to talk about their school uniform experiences. In the thread, parents are on both ends of the spectrum. Some think it's a great model for discipline, and others think the unique logos and sweaters are costly since there are only a few uniform retailers. It's easy to see how parents are really split on this subject.
Reporter Danielle Dreilinger takes a look at the politics, price, and socioeconomic impact of school uniforms in poorer cities like New Orleans. Dreilinger interviews parents who are struggling to pay for the uniforms, many of whom make really reasonable recommendations to cut down the costs while still having the uniform. It's a really interesting perspective on the affordability of uniforms, and its impact on families.
This thread on Topix asks whether teachers should be required to wear uniforms like students. Commenters are either parents or teachers weighing in with some very interesting insight. I was shocked to learn that so many parents were opposed to uniforms for teachers!
Teen readers at Hello Giggles share why they love the idea of school uniforms. From easy mornings to looking forward to casual day, these readers love how it simplifies their lives. It definitely disproves that all teenagers are opposed to uniforms!
Girls around the nation are addressing dress code gender bias by fighting back with #iammorethanadistraction. Brenda Alvarez discusses incidents around the country where girls have been the subject of unfair dress code policies. She includes a link to the documentary, "Shame: A Documentary on School Dress Code" as well student testimony at an Oregon school's Board of Education meeting. It's a compelling read.
FindLaw has a brief overview of the legal issues surround the subject of dress code as it pertains to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. It also discusses and links to the first dress code law, established in 1969, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District.The article is also available as a downloadable PDF.
Student Amber Showers shares her presentation on why uniforms should be implemented into schools. This is one persuasive speech! Her PowerPoint includes images and her main talking points, so it's easy to follow. I like how she opens with a John Galliano quote and explains its relationship to uniforms.
One of the most popular arguments in favor of dress code is to prevent gang violence. Prevention Works, a blog by the National Crime Prevention Council, discusses how uniforms combat clothing and colors that may suggest or represent gang affiliations. The blog post links to studies and statistics that support the assertion that criminal activity also decreases in schools that institute uniforms. It's a fascinating read, and the research is very recent.
Everyone is familiar with Harry Potter's Hogwarts uniform, but what are other kids from around the world wearing? This video goes around the world in 10-minutes and lists the countries in alphabetical order. Since it's just a compiled slideshow, you can sit back and watch, plus enjoy the music!