IF you visit any school in Milton Keynes you will see one thing that sets them apart from any other in the area – a school uniform.
A school uniform is something that helps schools and children have a personal identity within the area so people will instantly recognise a school by its colours.
When I went to Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell in 1998 we wore smart, navy blue ties and jumpers emblazoned with the school’s logo along with black trousers for the boys and skirts or trousers for the girls.
And even now I am pleased to see that the school has adopted a smart, black blazer and school tie worn by both boys and girls.
So I don’t understand those who oppose children being made to wear a school uniform.
Wearing a school uniform gives a school and its pupils a sense of identity and allows a level of equality where all students are wearing the same thing.
I must admit it was sometimes hard to wear black trousers on a summer day when girls were wearing skirts but unfortunately I didn’t have the legs to pull off a skirt.
Seriously though, children need to be taught from an early age that where they are going during the week is a place to learn and observe a number of disciplines.
Children need to be taught a sense of pride in their school that will ultimately lead to an increased level of respect.
I can’t see what the opposition is to it though.
Do people object to having to pay for it or the fact that they lose their own personal identity by wearing one?
Or is it that their friend at the school doesn’t wear one so doesn’t see why he has to?
I can understand the debate that girls should have the choice to wear trousers as opposed to a skirt if they want to but surely you could also offer an argument that boys should have the option to wear smart shorts as well?
Even now when I come to work I observe a dress code. Work shirt, trousers, shoes and a tie.
It makes you realise you are there to work, do a job and represent the company to the best of your abilities.
I would hate for someone who I had gone to meet for an interview to get a bad impression on me or the paper because I was dressed inappropriately.
Children need to be taught that level of respect and pride in themselves and their school from an early age.
I’m not saying that children who attend schools where uniform is not imposed will perform any worse than their counterparts, far from it.
I just think uniforms are good for children on so many levels and they should not only be enforced but encouraged.
There needs to be a line between casual wear and school wear even if it is just the width of a tie.