"school uniforms make students more/less disciplined"
Some suggest that school uniforms automatically resulted in more discipline and better behavior by students, but there is little or no evidence that this was the case.
More generally, is discipline the best value a school can teach? It is questionable whether discipline in itself was desirable from an educational perspective, especially when it comes at the cost of other values, such as 'creativity', 'diversity' and 'personality'. Each of these points is further discussed as separate arguments.
Discipline may appeal to teachers, but if discipline - as imposed in the shape of
school uniforms - is merely an expression of a specific political view, then it is cancelled out as an argument by the opposite political view. Moreover, it is inappropriate for a public school to impose one specific political view, while silencing the opposite view.
Some suggest that it should be up to the respective school to decide whether there should be more focus on discipline, even if that came at the cost of other values. However, a public school should accommodate families with a wide range of backgrounds.
Mandatory school uniforms at public schools are prone to violate inalienable rights, including freedom of expression and the prior right for families to decide how their children are to be educated.
"School uniforms make students more disciplined, i.e. better behaved, more focused on learning and less prone to be engaged in discrimination, bullying, violence and crime" - anonymous
"The discipline that comes with wearing a school uniform correctly, keeping it tidy and respecting the associated values, all this teaches students the discipline to accept a job, complete it well and in time, and to be proud of that!" - anonymous
"School uniforms are part of training to become more employable. When you are employed, you are likely to have to wear a uniform." [source]
"What are the odds that children will wear a uniform later in life? Typically, the occupations where people have to wear uniforms are the lower paid jobs, nothing to look forward to, really. Generally, the more educated people are, the less they wear uniforms later in life. Look at teachers, they don't wear uniforms! Well-paid work tends to reject uniformity, and for good reason, the demands of the future include qualities such as assertiveness, creativity, individuality, originality, a spontaneous personality, being a self-starter, taking initiatives, being able to cope with change, etc. And even the people who do wear a uniform later in life are unlikely to accept such a silly costume as a school uniform. Only for prostitutes is the school uniform an obligatory part of their professional wardrobe (and one may wonder why). What is the logic behind forcing children in uniforms? That children have to get used to wearing a uniform, just in the unfortunate case that they will end up in such a job later in life? If we turn around the same 'logic', students who are used to wearing uniforms would be insufficiently prepared for plain-clothed work, if they did not wear plain clothes at school all the time. Similarly, students would not be able to deal with people who didn't wear uniforms. It just doesn't make sense." [source]
"There is one deeper argument. It goes like this: students wearing uniforms will be accustomed to taking a servile attitude which will help them find work later in life. Of course, the very opposite could be argued with more reason. Does success in future demand a servile attitude? Or is it more helpful to be creative, have an spontaneous and open personality, an inquisitive mind, be a self-starter who talks things over, who has an independent mind searching for new ideas to make things work?" [source]