Students Head Back to School, Nearly Half Will Be Wearing Uniforms

Lands' End and NAESP says nearly 50% of U.S. schools have a school uniform code, opinions are varied.

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Kate Dircksen

Kate Dircksen, teacher, explains her opinions on the school uniform debate.

'I'm torn on the issue,' says Kate Dircksen, 'I think this is an issue that parents should decide only after looking at the evidence and facts for and against uniforms.'

Madera, CA (PRWEB) August 16, 2013

Students Head Back to School, Nearly Half Will Be Wearing Uniforms

Study shows nearly half of students in the U.S. will be wearing uniforms as they start school. Teachers such as Kate Dircksen, and business owners share their opinion and experience.

While parents across the country may disagree on whether or not they like uniforms, they're not going away anytime soon. A recent study* by National Association of Elementary School Principals and Lands' End shows that nearly half of public schools in the United States require students to wear uniforms.

"I'm torn on the issue," says Kate Dircksen, a teacher in the midwest. "I like that students have the ability to choose what they wear to school, but that requires someone to monitor what they're wearing and requires teachers to be vigilant against clothing and that takes away from teaching. If I'm required to send kids to the office because of dress code infractions, I'm not teaching. On the other hand, when forcing kids to wear a uniform, we mitigate that issue and I can get back to teaching quicker. In the end, it impacts me a little, but I think this is an issue that parents should decide only after looking at the evidence and facts for and against uniforms," Kate Dircksen explains.

Mike Roberts, Marketing Manager of Ticomix, Inc. who offers a SugarCRM demo says, "When we are hiring someone for our company, we are looking at them as an individual, they can come from a private school wearing uniforms or a public school wearing street clothes. For us it's about the individual, will they fit well into our company, do they have the skill set and the personality that we want to work with."

"The best students we have," explains driving lesson instructor Rob Atha of r-m-t.org.uk, "are those students who are professional. Typically you would think that means 'well dressed' but I've worked with students who are not well dressed, but they still show respect and listen carefully to instruction, that's my definition of a good student and it has nothing to do with how they dress."

While public opinion continues to rage in the debate for and against school uniforms, the students are in the middle, and more and more of them are wearing uniforms.

*Yahoo! News, 8/14/13, http://news.yahoo.com/uniforms-seen-bright-spot-drab-back-school-season-205357802.html


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