"school uniforms are associated with the best and the most competitive schools." [anonymous]
Uniforms are used to identify lower class. The reasoning for that is the fact that maids, servants, etc wore uniforms while the masters did not.
Class was historically defined hereditary. Your were born into a class. You were born in a rich family or you were born as a slave. That's the kind of thinking that we should get away from. People who were servant could act as if they belonged to another class, just by wearing other clothes. The point is that they weren't allowed to, just like students are not allowed to wear what they want to. [source]
Did you ever wonder why gang members all wear the same colors? Both gangs and the military seek to dominate an area by fighting against those in different colors. That kind of hostility is inherent to uniforms.
Uniforms started in private schools; throughout history, uniforms have been used to classify lower-class as such. Housemaids, butlers and other servants were dressed in uniform so that the casual visitor didn't mistake them for the "master". The argument that uniforms assisted the poor is a fabricated argument, used to hide the true reasons for introducing uniforms. People held captive in prisons and lunatic asylums are dressed in uniform to make it easier to hunt them down in case they escape. School uniforms have much the same background. The tragedy is that if your daughter gets abducted on her way to school, police have nothing to go by, other than that she was wearing a uniform.
[Without] good reason to put children into uniforms, why would one want to force innocent children into uniforms, against their will and against the will of their families, in violation of the most basic and inalienable rights? By default, the only reason can be to breed canonfodder for the machinery of war that feeds a military-industrial complex that in many respects disrespects the law and our rights.
Warlords love to glorify patriotism and localism in their speeches, mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Students are forced to walk in line like robots. Schools are used as breeding places for patriotic soldiers, indoctrinating students with this battle-spirit. The military is glorified and imitated at school, in parades, hymns, pledges, rewards, emblems, ceremonies, flags, uniforms and sport. This nurtures violence and hostility from a young age towards those deemed to be different.
Dictatorship likes to pack its doctrine in terms of war against
perceived opponents, creating devils and enemies out of thin air. Soldiers and military service are glamorized. Despite the typical economic misery, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding.
A national military-industrial complex is created to act under the
cloak of secrecy, placing itself and its staff above the law, above
journalistic scrutiny and above market accountibility. This complex will steadily grow like an octopus with many tentacles that intertwine into areas like suppliers of military equipment, media, science, forensics, customs, prisons, airports, education and health care.
Fear is used as an instrument to control society and to discourage
people from questioning the regime. People are terrified into collaborating and into making sacrifices supposedly for the national interest, under the pretence that any questioning of decisions made by the ruling elite was an act of treason that was inspired by those seeking to undermine national security.[source]
Teachers typically like the military school model, i.e. dressing soldiers in uniforms, making them blindly follow commands, drilling them with rote learning and filling as much of their time up with unnecessary routines such as repetitive exercises, tests, ranking, parades, flag-raising and pledges. This suppresses if not kills individuality and creativity, it teaches the wrong values and in many respects prevents students to take initiative, it prevents students to use and develop their imagination, to develop good social, entrepreneurial and communication skills, and to develop all their individual talents and their personality to their full potential. Instead, it creates mindless robots that cannot function adequately in tomorrow's world. It's harmful in so many respects and the scale of the problem is beyond the grasp of most people. It creates bad mentality in so many respects, all these silly routines, testing and ranking encourage students to cheat, to fake and to stop thinking for themselves, it sets up one student against each other and encourages students to betray their fellow-students over the most silly issues and to bully and out those who don't walk in line with this nightmare.
School uniforms are part of the puzzle, it may be just a little piece of the wider picture, but it's indicative of how much a particular school is wrong in this regard. There once was a time when manufacturers of tobacco denied that their producst were doing any harm. Since they had huge financial intersts in continuing to sell tobacco, they were keen to sponsor stories that supported their position. While manufacturers of uniforms may seem like a small industry, it is part of a wider education industry that feeds on school discipline and includes teachers, people who build and maintain schools, administrators, writers and publishers of school books, tutors and training institutes, etc.
Education receives billions in taxpayers money. By contrast, homeschooling families who do an excellent job educating their children do not get any money, worse, they have to pay taxes like anyone else, without being able to make deductions or get rebates for homeschooling. Their tax money is used to feed an educational bureaucracy that has the gall to threaten them and that seeks to make it hard for homeschoolers to get emplyment, by making all kinds of silly certificates a prerequisite within their own bureaucracy and beyond.
The worst thing is the outright denial of the above, it plants the seeds of twisting the truth into the minds of students from a very young age. Just like the tobacco industry once acted as if they dind't so anything wrong, the educational establishment bluntly denies the low quality of their education compared to the excellent results achieved by homeschooling. Indeed, this refusal to accept the facts comes from the very people who boast to base their preachings on facts, studies, research and well-articulated positions. This is more than denial, it constitutes a glorification of bad values that permeate the education system and that are symbolized and enforced by school uniforms. [source]