School uniforms bring about a lot of debate. We don’t like to pick sides, but we do want to highlight a few of the reasons schools elect to use uniforms. There are many! Whether you are considering sending your child to a private school but are not sure about the uniforms or are just curious why uniforms are required in some schools, we’re shedding light on 6 benefits.
It might seem at first that you’ll be spending more money by paying the initial cost of buying a set of uniforms, but in the long run, you will be saving. Instead of having to purchase a bunch of different pieces to make up multiple outfits, you can purchase 5-6 shirts and bottoms that can be rotated and washed on weekends, so your kid will always have a clean uniform ready to go. Our clothing is so durable your child will outgrow it before it starts to show signs of wear. If you have multiple kids, your child’s cute school uniform can be passed down to the next youngster, ultimately saving money. With uniforms, how great will the first day of school photos be with your children matching?
The school uniform serves many purposes, one of which is to create a sense of uniformity. This is a good thing for many reasons, including visibility. In a crowd of students wearing gray school uniform shirts, a non-student will stick out. Also, on a fieldstrip a student in uniform will be easily accounted for in a crowd.
Uniforms not only increase safety but also emphasize school spirit. With a sense of oneness created by the uniform, a child will feel more of a sense of belonging. Giving your child a sense of community in this way can make them feel connected to their school and help them develop school pride.
When it’s time to get ready for school, there are probably a lot of things your kid would rather do than face the dreaded question of what to wear. School uniforms are the answer. It might sound oversimplified but hear us out. Your daughter no longer has to rummage through her entire dresser before ultimately picking the same outfit she first tried on. Instead, a navy blue pleated skirt (/shop/womens-blue-skirts-skorts-bottoms-school-uniform/S-xff-6ub-xez-y5c-y5d-xh8-ytp) can be paired with a school uniform shirt (/shop/tops-school-uniform/S-xfe-ytp) the night before. Any hesitations she might have had about uniforms will be overlaid by the ease of getting dressed in the morning when the day’s outfit is already picked out. Yes please to time savers!
We love a creative flare, and providing a school uniform is a great way to do this. Why? Instead of self-expression through clothing, while at school your child can dive into alternative avenues for their individuality like a pottery class or woodshop. Instead of fretting over what to wear in the morning, your child can spend that time getting much-needed rest, or finishing chores before school. There will be plenty of after-school time for your kid to rock their favorite outfits, but during school hours, it’s nice to keep the focus on learning.
The school uniform can help your child develop a sense of dressing smart. With a uniform comes guidelines on how to wear it (collar straight, buttoned properly, etc.), which holds your student accountable for meeting high standards of neatness. This admirable quality will translate in the real world when your child gets dressed for their first job interview. They will remember to make sure the collar is upright and the shirt is buttoned appropriately.
Having a student school uniform frees up teachers’ time that might have otherwise been spent addressing dress code violations and sending students to the principal’s office. The atmosphere of teachers having to monitor children’s clothing can be uncomfortable for the teachers and also build an air of mistrust between them and students. Teachers already have so much on their plates; it’s nice to give them one less thing to worry about. With uniform guidance on what to wear and how to wear it, the expectations are clear.
Uniforms reduce clothing distractions among students and keep their attention on the topic at hand. What’s more, with the uniform, a school reduces bullying and cliques. Requiring every student to wear the same uniform makes socioeconomic differences much less noticeable. Giving students equal footing in this way creates an atmosphere of equality.
School uniforms are important for establishing equality while limiting distractions in the classroom. Not to mention the fact that they save you money and time. With all the positives, it's no wonder private schools require school uniforms!