"uniforms are necessary in sport"
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 are needed for students to play sports" - [source]
"The idea that uniforms were somehow needed for sport is nonsense. I have not ever seen any students actively engaged in school-organised sport wearing the same school uniforms they wear in class. Instead, they wear special clothes for sport, typically light clothes, specifically made for sport. Those sport clothes may look entirely different from their normal uniforms, defying the (twisted) logic that uniforms all had to loook the same. When students are divided into teams for sport, the teacher hands out numbers. If schools compete against each other, participating students may have to buy extra uniforms (on top of their school sport outfit).
But is there really a need for uniforms? Why do schools pick exactly those sports with large teams? There's something very sinister about these team sports and the eagerness of schools to promote them." [source]
"Schools are used as breeding places for patriotic soldiers. The military is glorified and imitated at school, in parades, hymns, pledges, ceremonies, flags, uniforms and sport."
"Instead, children can be physically active in all kinds of ways. Why is there a perceived need for sport in the first place? Perhaps because students are forced to sit motionless in class for hours, only to drive them into a frenzy for a short period of organised sport, as some way of compensating for getting too stiff in class?
And why all this organised team-sport with rules, arbiters and points? Why not let students have a walk and play social games? Why can students not choose something like juggling balls, without making it into a contest? Why all this ranking? Just like students are ranked in class for the "academic" abilities, their are ranked in sport for their "physical" abilities. What is the logic behind this deliberately setting up students against each other, one team against the other, each fighting for their colors. Such "team spirit" only nurtures gang behavior.
Organised sport in teams also comes with a lot of idle waiting time. In many such sports, only the most fittest students get all the action, while all others stand by passively watching the "heroes" getting the ball all the time. The idea that this was "socialising" or "healthy" is ludicrous. It sets one student up against each other and nurtures hostility and bullying. It gives most action to students who are already fit, while the most unfit students are shunned and isolated from the action. Obese students will find excuses not to participate and eveyone is happy about that, because making the team win is more important than the health and dignity of the individual. Team sport is prone to accidents and promotes unnecessary risk-taking. Why not play a game of tennis, badminton or squash instead - no uniforms are needed and all players can get plenty of action. " [source]