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Jeans banned at Aussie schools?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
What do all of our Aussie friends (or anyone) think about this?
Dress code/Uniforms bad or good?

http://www.sundaytimes.news.com.au/c...55E948,00.html
post #2 of 14
On one hand you have everyone dressing the same, so kids can't get picked on for not dressing "correctly", although that never happened when I went to high school, but on the other hand parents must buy the school clothes AND a entirely different set of clothes for after school and weekends. I have worked with kids what have to wear uniforms and kids who don't and I see no real changes. Behavior problems will still exist if the unifrom is there or not. This coming school year will be full of dress code violations meaning more detentions...ect.

The only advantages I see is that students will know what they are going to wear for school the next day.
post #3 of 14
Well it's too bad that the kids cant dress as indivduals, which is important these days, to be an individual, not follow the crowd. Plus i'm sure it's a pain making sure you always have uniforms washed, and what if one rips or gets lost, then you have a problem...
post #4 of 14
Well, its the first I've heard of it.

Most of the schools around here all have uniforms - In fact I only know of one school that doesn't have a uniform - But at that school it isn't compulsary to go to classes either, so I don't think they care about what they wear!!

I think schools should just have cheap affordable uniforms to make it easier on everyone. Kids can be individualistic with what they wear after school or at home.

I'm glad I had a uniform cause I hate having to choose what I have to wear NOW let alone all the pressure you would have of wearing the "right" thing for school!
post #5 of 14
We had a uniform at my school in Adelaide, there was also a second hand shop where the uniforms were very inexpensive.
I think it's a good idea, we had several styles to suit different tastes.
post #6 of 14
I'm fine with it. My Mum, who's a teacher, thinks its a bad idea (go figure) but I think its good. School children should wear uniforms. I always did. Uniforms are compulsory at 99% of schools here anyway, which I think is the way it should be - it leaves kids free to learn, not to compete over what they're wearing, when they have enough other things in their lives to compete over already!!
post #7 of 14
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When I was young, my mum always went on about how much better it would be if my school had uniforms (only private schools here have uniforms).
I hated the idea at the time but think its a good idea now that I have a 12 year old DD who takes more time picking out her outfit for school than on homework each night. sigh. I hope that ends soon.....

It would be so easy to wash a few uniforms for the week!!

I heard that this was mainly the reason behind the no denim thing as above. Schools suggested that "jeans" were associated with having a "good time" and that students should be concentrating on studies while there...
Though I don't think the absence of denim will do a whole lot towards preventing any less of a good time.. It seems a well-intentioned but erroneous concept.
post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
School children should wear uniforms. I always did. Uniforms are compulsory at 99% of schools here anyway
I can not think of one school here that doesnt wear a school uniform, whether its primary, secondary, private or public.
post #9 of 14
Well, I guess I need to get stronger glasses. I thought the title was "JESUS banned from Aussie Schools."

If I was a student, I'm sure I would be upset. I went to an elementary school in Vermont in the mid-60's. Girls were not eve allowed to wear pants unless it was very cold out and only during certian months. Then they were worn under our dresses or skirts and taken off immediately when we got to school.

I remember not being allowed to wear jeans to school in several different schools until Jr High School. Shirts had to be tucked in too.

Were we more respectful then? YES. Was it because of our attire? Who knows?
post #10 of 14
I have never worn a uniform mostly because reading the curiculum at those schools was enough to make me sick....

I am not against uniforms if they are basic yet allow for some individual taste ... ie solid polos and solid pants ....

I did have very strict dress codes some stricter than most uniforms ... we were more repectful but it wasnt the clothes it was the teachings at home and school ...
post #11 of 14
Even though we had to wear our uniforms, and it was compulsory, we did have a lot of license within the `compulsory' range!

Our uniform was a navy blue skirt, pleated or straight, a lighter blue shirt or collared t-shirt, and upper school (year 11 and 12) could wear a tie - which we did, as a fashion statement, too! Also, we had rugby jumpers with our academic colours. We used to wear the skirts very short, with navy tights, white long-sleeved t-shirts underneath our shirts (which looked a little odd with the tie, but we didn't think so!) and jumpers tied around waists. In winter, our school was like the black pit of death it was so cold, so we petitioned and were allowed to wear navy blue tracksuit pants to school when it was really cold! The boys wore navy blue shorts or long pants, and the rest was the same.

It was a nice uniform, and we were all very individual about it. I used to wear gigantic earrings every day, too (some things never change!! lol...)
post #12 of 14
I do think that uniform is a good idea having been to a uniformed private school and seen the jibes people would give to those in the 'wrong' clothes.

The uniform code in my school was strict and we were provided with an exact list of things to buy before we started! Although it was only available in a specific shop, the school would hold Uniform Sales, where we were able to buy second hand items for a slight price!
post #13 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
Even though we had to wear our uniforms, and it was compulsory, we did have a lot of license within the `compulsory' range!

Our uniform was a navy blue skirt, pleated or straight, a lighter blue shirt or collared t-shirt, and upper school (year 11 and 12) could wear a tie - which we did, as a fashion statement, too! Also, we had rugby jumpers with our academic colours. We used to wear the skirts very short, with navy tights, white long-sleeved t-shirts underneath our shirts (which looked a little odd with the tie, but we didn't think so!) and jumpers tied around waists. In winter, our school was like the black pit of death it was so cold, so we petitioned and were allowed to wear navy blue tracksuit pants to school when it was really cold! The boys wore navy blue shorts or long pants, and the rest was the same.

It was a nice uniform, and we were all very individual about it. I used to wear gigantic earrings every day, too (some things never change!! lol...)


sounds a lot like the uniform i had to wear we wore pleated skirts, collared shirts and had rugby jumpers.

i think it's great because no-one can pick on someone for wearing the 'wrong clothes'
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by huggles
I can not think of one school here that doesnt wear a school uniform, whether its primary, secondary, private or public.
I was just going to say that, i dont know one school in australia that doesnt wear a school uniform except for "distance education" which is a school where teachers are behind the computer and you work from home..

In year 9 my teacher told us that none of the teachers were allowed to wear jeans or denim to work, even though some of the denim jackets looked very dressy they were still not allowed to wear it.

So IMO this article is rubbish!
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