Last updated on: 5/20/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Rob O'Donnell Biography

Title:
President of the Irish Second-Level Students' Union
Position:
Con to the question "Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?"
Reasoning:

“When we ask student councils about the issues of concern to them, this often comes up. It’s even more of a concern in mixed schools where, every day, girls see their male classmates come to school in trousers… Some girls really, really hate – absolutely hate – to wear skirts. It is a dated system. In any other walk of life, we wouldn’t dream of telling girls that they have to wear a skirt. So why is it acceptable to inflict it on them at school?

…We’ve seen situations in coeducational schools whereby the girls are allowed to dye their hair a natural colour, but the boys are not allowed at all. How a young person appears makes no difference whatsoever to their education… Schools should be encouraging free thought and self-expression, not suppressing it.”

Peter McGuire, “No Skirting the School Uniform Debate,” irishtimes.com, Feb. 8, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Honorary President, Irish Second-Level Students’ Union, 2015-present
  • Student, Engineering with Management Bachelor’s Degree, Trinity College Dublin, 2015-present
  • President, Irish Second-Level Students’ Union, 2015-2015
  • Education:
  • School Leaving Certificate (high school diploma), Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School (Northern Ireland), 2009-2015
  • Other:
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  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?