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FELBERG students write for "Anglofan"
Uniforms Boom

Our boring tedious school life–which is a drudgery for many students–has been varied by the latest idea of our highly respected Minister of Education. The concept of introducing uniforms into schools immediately caused a discussion–opinions are varied. But are not the students’ feelings the most important? There are many doubts about this matter. The first one is the connotation with communism when children had to wear school uniforms which were not high-court fashion. The times have changed so shall the rules in schools not be changed, too? In Poland wearing school uniforms at schools is not obligatory except at private schools.

There are many countries where the idea of the same clothes for students is an old tradition. The best example can be found in the United Kingdom, where school uniforms are extremely popular. Almost all schools, including public, state and church-run schools have their own strict dress code. They are usually worn from year 1 to year 11. After year 11 students do not have to wear uniforms. In the USA most public schools do not require school uniforms. However, the dress code usually includes limits on skirt length and skin exposure. School uniforms are common for US private schools, especially Catholic ones. In Australia it is different– the Australian government decided not to punish students for refusing to wear a school uniform–so it is not obligatory to wear them. In Malaysia the uniforms are very similar to their Western equivalents, so is the dress code. The main difference is that there may be different uniforms for school prefects and librarians.

An example of a typical British secondary school uniform is: a school blazer, white or blue shirt, a tie, black or navy trousers or a skirt, gray, white or black socks, plain black shoes, a sweater with the school crest. British students have to wear special clothes (according to the dress code) for PE lessons. It consists of: a school polo shirt, blue, black, red or green shorts, sneakers, gym skirt for girls.

In Poland it is not obligatory either for private or for public schools to introduce school uniforms. It is students’, their parents’ and teachers’ choice. There are many suggestions for Polish uniforms. It is mainly the school headmaster who decides what are they going to be like. Most of them have decided to stick to tradition and have chosen the most common uniform patterns.

Uniforms are worn because schools want their students to demonstrate their affinity with the school. They should express students’ pride of belonging to the school community. They are introduced to keep discipline at school, keep students modest and respectful towards tradition and to make all students of a particular school equal.

We have found a school where uniforms for students will soon appear. It’s one of Inowrocław’s high schools. We asked some students what they think about it and whether they like the design. We found out that there will only be a brown jacket with the school logo.

The students of the questioned high school are very happy that there will not be any full uniform sets. Krzysztof, 16, said, ‘Luckily there will be no trousers and no particular shoes we have to wear!’ Tomek, 17, said, ‘I don’t like the idea, because I won’t feel comfortable in a school uniform.’ Koen, 15, said, ‘It’s bad because we aren’t the same, it can influence one’s personality, it’s democratic to have freedom to express yourself. If everyone were the same, there wouldn’t be anyone.’

School uniforms are common in many countries worldwide. The tradition of wearing them differs from one country to another. It is necessary to respect this rich tradition. But on the other hand students should not be forced to wear them. They say that they would feel more comfortable if all of them wore the same clothes. They think that it would prevent schools from being a place for ‘fashion shows.’ In spite of that everyone wants to feel good in the clothes they buy. The choice is yours...
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