The Kids Are Alright

Angus Young

Dress to Suppress Part II

There is another article in today’s Statesman about the Borah High School anti-uniform protesters. I have a couple of thoughts about the push on the part of the Borah High Principal to require uniforms.

On one hand I agree completely with the comment made by Keith to my previous post on the subject. He said:

The push for school uniforms is just another sign of the dismantling of the public school system. Soon, all the students will look the same while all the teachers prepare them for testing using the same scripted curriculum. I’m glad I went to school in the ’60s and ’70s, when individuality and creativity were nurtured and encouraged.

There is no doubt that the current “standards” movement has resulted in schools where everything is standardized and individuality and creativity are stifled, if not eliminated.

On the other hand, I think Administrators Like Frederick and McCurdy are living in a dream world if they believe uniforms will result in a more conforming, obedient, less rebellious student body.

Case in point- While Keith and I were students in American schools in the ’60s and ’70s, kids in the British Isles and Australia were all wearing uniforms. How did that work out for those school adminstrators?

Let’s see, the Who, the Rolling Stones, AC DC (see Angus Young in his school uniform above) and the rest of the British Invasion staged a rock and roll rebellion.

Maybe a new generation of uniform-wearing American students will engage in some creative rebellion and save rock and roll from Brittany Spears, Justin Timberlake and Carrie Underwood. We can always hope.



  1. Nowadays, parents have a constant preoccupation regarding students’ safety, behavioral problems, and academic achievement. I believe that opting for school uniforms is a great tool that will benefit public schools around the country.

    Some advantages about having uniforms are the sense of pride in students, which creates an image of orderly and emphasize academics.
    Also, uniforms take the pressure off students to pay top dollar for clothes, it reduces the teasing and bullying of students who can’t afford to dress in the trendiest styles, and reduces the tendency to judge people just by their appearance.
    Another advantage is the effectiveness to identify trespassers and identify any gang related garb or color.
    There are numerous advantages that can be mentioned, but these are just some of them. I’m not saying that school uniforms are the only solution to contra rest school problems, but it will certainly help.

    If the tools to have a better school environment were given to people, in this case school uniforms, I think parents, schools, and students should embrace the option and the great opportunity to declare and encourage a common commitment. The school is not a fashion center, not a social club, and not a battlefield; its common commitment should be to provide a positive, safe, and secure learning environment where students feel protected enough to explore and develop their intellectual competence.

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