"school uniforms teach students good/bad values"
Some suggest that school uniforms imposed 'equality', which in turn resulted in less 'peer pressure' and placed more emphasis on 'learning'. It's questionable whether this was the case. While school uniforms may reduce some kind of peer pressure, they increase other types of peer pressure between students.
In conclusion, the values taught by a school that imposes school uniforms are questionable, the more so where the come at the cost of other values such as creativity, diversity and personality.
Moreover, is it desirable for a school to impose a doctrine of discipline and equality from a political perspective? In the case of public schools, school uniforms are outright inappropriate, as they go hand in hand with political views that are at odds with the views of many families that rely on public schools for the education of their children. As such, school uniforms are in violation of many 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 discipline and pride, which is part of any good education ." - anonymous
"Students in uniform are better behaved." - anonymous
"School uniforms teach students equality, which is a value that should be taught at public schools." - anonymous
"Some suggest that school uniforms automatically made students take more 'pride' in their school and made them more 'disciplined' and better behaved, but if such attitudes result from having no choice, then they are rather shallow if not empty.
"Discipline, pride and equality, they are merely attitudes that are parroted. How desirable are they really, given that they come at the cost of real values such as 'creativity', 'diversity' and 'personality'? Do such attitudes have any academic value? What values do they reflect, from an educational perspective? Robotism, blind discipline and mindless following of orders? - anonymous
Indeed, values such as 'pride', 'equality' and 'discipline' may appeal to some teachers, but when imposed in the shape of school uniforms, they merely reflect a specific political view, which 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 may suggest that it was up to the respective school to decide whether there should be more focus on pride, equality and discipline, even if such a focus 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." - anonymous