Uniforms limit individuality

As we approach the new school year, we asked 150 students what they thought about uniforms

Clothing is inarguably one of the most prominent ways that students are able to identify themselves. Everyone knows who’s most likely to wear a suit or heels to school, and everyone knows who’s most likely to wear his/ her pajamas to school. However, without the option to freely choose what to wear to school, that boy with the suit or that girl with the pajamas ends up becoming just another indistinguishable person among a school of close to 1,900 faces.

Recently, faculty members were given a survey that included a question asking whether or not the school should implement uniforms. Assistant Principal for Administration Mick Boddie said the survey was commissioned by the district and state.

While Boddie said that the administration probably won’t be requiring students to wear a school uniform in the upcoming school year, it is a topic of discussion for future years.

Uniforms are typically a topic of controversy among students, and rightfully so, because they should have no place in a public high school. If we were to get uniforms, we’d be one of the only public high schools in the district to have them. Rather than stand out for being “that one school with uniforms,” Hillsborough should stand out for its academic quality, or its surplus of expressive, self-assured students.

Not to mention, uniforms are boring. They don’t allow students to express themselves, and implementing an uniform policy would only make school even more unbearable than it is (for some). It’s already difficult for students to wake up each morning and stay motivated to go to school, so why add an uniform to make things worse?

If a student is told that he “must” wear something in order to attend school, chance are, he’ll probably choose not to go at all.

Having a school uniform would remove a layer of responsibility from students. Everyday, we’re faced with choices: jeans or shorts? T-shirt or sweater? While these choices are seemingly trivial, they are crucial to our development as adults. We’re responsible for what we choose to wear, and by experimenting with our clothing choices, we’re given leeway to grow as responsible adults.

In addition, almost every school uniform includes some form of khaki. That in itself is an argument against uniforms.