Firstly, uniforms are in no way related to bullying or violence. The schools say, “Oh, we did this so people don’t make fun of others for what they are wearing.” That is only one aspect of bullying, and speaking from experience, it doesn’t change anything. People still make fun of your shoes, your hats, or really anything they can. If you really want to crack down on bullying, do it by having tip boxes, wher students can drop in tips on how to stop bullying, because students, the people who are getting bullied, are the best people to talk to about how to stop bulllying. Or, schools could actually allow students to talk to the guidance counselor when they are getting bullied, and have those people help stop it.
Secondly, it can still take a lot of time to get ready in the morning. Some of my friends that are in public schools go to schools with uniform policies, and they still take hours to get ready. They have to choose the right shoes, do their hair, and many other things before they think they are ready to walk out. Instituting a uniform policy will never work to change how quickly the students get ready.
Thirdly, also with a uniform policy, you have to go out and buy more clothes that won’t fit your kid in three months. I feel that it is just a waste of money. And lots of schools say, “We’ll help you buy the uniform by giving you a 5% off coupon for Old Navy.” Guess what, schools? It’s still really expensive. So if you actually want to help, help the families buy the uniforms. Don’t just give them 5% off.
Finally, one aspect that the schools miss with a uniform policy is shoes. And recently, there has been this stupid trend going around, “What are those.” So, even if they institute a uniform policy, they don’t give which your shoe should be, or what kind. So, there might be a way to reduce that type of bullying, but the only way to do that is making a standard shoe type.
In conclusion, uniform policies don’t really help with anything. Therefore, they should not be instituted, and kids should be allowed to wear their clothes. If the schools really want to reduce bullying and violence, they should make a genuine effort, and not just a poster that says “This is a no-bullying zone.”