School uniforms are nowadays a very controversial and well-debated issue
although it is still widespread, mostly in English speaking countries.
England has a long tradition of school uniforms and is the country where
mandatory uniforms are most frequently worn, mostly in elementary and secondary
schools. Unexpectedly, school uniforms were traditionally worn by non privileged
students in charity schools, and were only later introduced in public schools.
A typical uniform consist of dark pants or shorts for boys, skirt for girls,
and a shirt or a blouse. A blazer and a school tie might also belong to the
Swedish schools does not have an uniform requirement and school uniforms are
unknown to most Swedish children. Although students can buy and wear a jumper
or T-shirt with the school logo, it is not very common.
However, in many Swedish schools the "unofficial" dress code amongst students is
very hard. If you don't follow the latest trends you might be treated as
hopelessly out of fashion. This demand for expensive brand clothes puts,
naturally, a large economical pressure on the parents.
This frequent problem leads us into the arguments used by proponents and
opponents of the school uniform. I will identify and discuss the most common
arguments both in favour for, and against, school uniforms. I will thereafter
continue by sharing my own opinion regarding whether or not Sweden should
introduce mandatory school uniforms.
The most common argument in favour of school uniforms seem to be
regarding discipline; that school uniforms encourage the students to focus on
schoolwork rather than on socialising or fashion related competition, and might
therefore be helpful in improving the discipline and the behaviour, as well as
the academic results. School uniforms will also prevent students from
wearing inappropriate clothing items ...