"school uniforms (don't) make students take pride in being part of their school"
Some suggest that school uniforms automatically resulted in more discipline, but even if this was the case, discipline resulting from having no choice is rather empty anyway. Also,
it is questionable whether discipline in itself was desirable from an educational perspective.
Some also suggest that school uniforms resulted in less peer pressure and thus placed more emphasis on learning.
However, while school uniforms may reduce some kind of peer pressure, they increase other types of peer pressure between students.
Some suggest that school uniforms reduced discrimination, bullying, violence and crime, but there is little or no evidence in research to support that. Anyway, these are different arguments that are discussed in more detail elsewhere at this site.
School uniforms may impose some sense of equality upon students, but whether this was desirable is a matter of politics. It's inappropriate for a public school to impose one specific political view, while silencing the opposite view.
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 teach students to take pride in being part of the school." - anonymous
"Have you talked to a Tamaqua area school student recently? School spirit has never been lower. Students and parents RESENT the school board and the school as an extension. People hate being treated like cattle and school spirit is the FIRST to suffer when they are." [source]
"I would argue that uniforms are a disgrace and blemish upon the name and reputation of a school. Definitely not something to be proud of." [source]
"The school uniforms issue is first of all a "rights" issue. And secondly, there has hardly been any research on the impact of school uniforms. Aren't schools supposed to teach students the importance of our rights? Are schools putting themselves above the law? Are schools teaching students that decisions should be made without debate and without prior research into the matter?" [source]
"How can one possibly take pride in something that one opposes? If a school advocates uniforms, then I couldn't take any pride in being associated with that school. Such a school alienated me - it's sick for a school to take pride in taking such a position!" [name and source withheld at request]