Humans are the only organisms that are known to wear a type of self-made apparel to cover their nakedness. This specially designed material which is solely made to cover the full-length or certain areas of the body is called clothes. Clothes are worn for numerous reasons beyond just the will of covering our nakedness. Humans similarly wear clothes for fashion, to associate with a group, to survive extreme weather, and some other reasons. School uniforms are also a type of cloth usually adorned by learners of a specific school and serve as a symbol to associate the wearer of the uniform to the educational institution.
Wearing uniforms is most times a compulsory rule in many schools, and any student found without one during school hours stands a chance of being disciplined by the school authorities. However, not every educational institution prioritizes the wearing of school uniforms, even most schools in the United States of America allow its students to come into the learning environment in mufti. This coded type of dressing has important roles it plays in the school system, and it is not just another baseless rule forced down on children by the higher-ups. Uniforms are not only worn by pupils, the act is similarly practiced in several other institutions, especially the ones associated with the discipline.
Organizations like the ones that are military-based or fast food establishments endorse this practice. Apart from uniform being a type of symbol that links a particular student to the school they attend, it also plays other important roles that are most times elusive to children. Uniforms help reduce the pressure of looking better than everyone else which exists as an unnecessary worry that students could do better without. Since everyone will be wearing almost the same outfit to school, it puts a bar on comparison of choice of clothes between learners, an act that could create toxic fashion pressure in the school environment.
It is not uncommon for people to choose not to go to a public gathering because they don’t know what to wear. Although most times it is not that there is nothing to wear, the choice of clothing is judged by the person as not impressive enough. This can go the same way in schools that do not enforce a uniform system, there is a high probability that children will at some points be absent in school. Not because they are sick or for any reason worthy enough for missing a study session, but because they simply do not have clothes to wear. Uniforms eliminate this unnecessary development, and it gives kids one less thing to worry about.
This similarly imbibes discipline in the pupils of a school, a strict dress code portrays that the educational institution poses a stricter front that others that give them the freedom to dress the way children like. Several schools of thought hold that kids in uniform are less prone to distractions and are more focused on their studies than learners in mufti. Children in uniforms create a more serious environment and students won’t be distracted by checking out what other students got on since they have almost the same outfit on.