Former student at Lower Dauphin High School, Hummelstown, PA
Con to the question "Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?"
"While uniforms do assuage the best-clothes competition, they create a new and more painful contest: the best-body competition. When every student is wearing the same uniform, everyone fills it out differently.
They can expect to be ridiculed for not looking as fantastic in their uniforms as some of the better-looking students. And this could be catastrophic for anyone with a less-than-perfect image of themselves... There's also the problem of students' squelched individuality.
Schools spend so much time trying to keep their students under control that they end up squashing the sparks that some of those kids were born with...
Uniforms jeopardize the ability of America's youth to express themselves, to become the people that they want to be.
[T]he way that students dress should be their own choice, not their teachers."
"The Case against High School Uniforms," PennLive.com, May 31, 2009