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    Filed at 6:39 am under by dcobranchi

    Joanne Jacobs, guest-blogging at the Volokh Conspiracy, was all over a story about students protesting a school uniform policy. And, until the very last graf, she was on target. But she then took a hard turn to the right:

    School uniforms can help create a sense of community in a school. My book, Our School, profiles a charter school that requires high school students to wear uniforms: khaki pants or skirts and black, gray or white polo shirts. Students hate it, but it makes it possible to eliminate all gang clothing and colors (red and blue).

    Students are people, too. And their clothes are a significant way for them to express who they are. Forcing them to wear clothing they hate is, as Skip Oliva pointed out via email, more than a bit fascistic.

    [Perhaps I shouldn’t be so hard on JJ, though. We also have a school uniform– pajamas ’til 3:00.]

    7 Responses to “SO CLOSE”


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    December 6th, 2006
    at 8:55 am

    Ack, JJ really??
    This JJ has a quite different take on school dress codes and uniforms, see comment #4 particularly.


    Comment by
    Sarah
    December 6th, 2006
    at 10:22 am

    To be fair, the school that was referenced accepts only students who are horribly behind in everything — it is in almost every way possible unlike an ordinary public high school, for the express purpose of getting the kids to catch up and end out ahead of the other students their age by the time they graduate. Kids are there from 8am to 5pm, there are essentially no electives, and so on.


    Comment by
    Charity
    December 6th, 2006
    at 5:21 pm

    “We also have a school uniform– pajamas ’til 3:00.”

    Wow! We have that exact same uniform!


    Comment by
    SLM
    December 7th, 2006
    at 9:34 am

    How are uniforms fascist? We already make kids go to certain schools, at certain times, take certain classes, get physicals, vaccinations, etc. Wearing a uniform would be only one more requirement among many.


    Comment by
    Kim
    December 7th, 2006
    at 2:58 pm

    So many schools have uniforms now. Even the public schools by us do. If they made uniforms “optional” I suspect that a huge majority of the parents would be fascist towards their children and insist. It is easier after all. Unless, like us you frequent thrift stores and have lots of friends who keep passing around hand-me-downs.

    I noticed while shopping in the fall the past few years though that the uniform companies are trying to distinguish their boring navies and plaids by adding geegaws like chains and fancy clasps and logos, hoping that children will beg for the heftier priced ones to be uniformy exclusive no doubt!


    Comment by
    Alasandra
    December 9th, 2006
    at 11:24 am

    Mandatory Public School Uniforms are not cheaper. That is one of the biggest myths. I did comparison shopping for a letter to the editor I wrote awhile back.

    We pulled our children out of the public school system partly because of Mandatory Public School Uniforms.

    Mandatory Public School Uniforms are socialist at best and communism at worst. One of the reasons most often cited in support of uniforms was to equalize the halves and the half nots.


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    December 9th, 2006
    at 9:32 pm

    “equalize the halves and the half nots” — what a great phrase, I can’t get it out of my mind! ;D