Schools or vocational institutes are the place for learning and gaining education where students spend a significant portion of their day. It is thus important for them to feel comfortable and happy to remain productive, creative, and energized for the entire duration.
A student can perform at its peak when the vibes emanating from the scholastic environment is elevating and inspiring. For that, it is desirable to empower students to make their own decisions, embolden them to follow their hearts, and encourage them to cherish their dreams.
For that to happen, students should be allowed to choose their own attire which can help them to remain comfortable in the class and accomplish heavy-duty performance in playground. Of course, one can question the dressing sense of young students especially that of toddlers, pre-teens, and teenagers.
Moreover, school authorities are often flabbergasted by the gust of rebelliousness reflected from the garments of young students. However, these can be limited by issuing a strict restriction on some types of clothes that students must refrain from putting on.
Some of the positive attributes of encouraging students to choose their own attire are:
Focus on comfort and utility
Every student in a school is different and unique in its own way. While one may be studious type, other may be athletic type, another may be creative type. They have different requirements depending upon the activities they perform all in a day’s work. The studious type is more than happy to remain the entire day in the classroom and spend the lunch break in the library. For him a neat collared t-shirt or a shirt coupled with a pair of chinos will do just fine. However, the athlete may require something durable and sporty for his entire day.
Economy and value for money
Parents need to consider the comfort and hygiene of their children. Thus, buying five to six sets of uniform would be an expensive affair for the middle class parents who already spend a lot of their hard-earned money for the education of their children. Besides, it will put undue workload on the parents to take care of laundry considering the kids wear uniform for school and casuals in the evening. Parents will end up spending a lot in the wardrobe of their children if the school uniform is mandated.
Expression of Individuality
Children usually dress to express not to impress. When children are given the option to choose their own dress, then they find an outlet to assert their own individuality through their attire. However, if the option is blocked then some children can take a hazardous route to express their individuality and stand out. They may resort to drama, criticism, unpleasant attention-seeking behaviors, and even substance abuse in a belief that these will set them apart from the rest and help them to create their own identities.
Allow Students to Manage their Time Effectively
Allowing students to choose their own attire helps them to save the time that would have been spent in dressing up for school and changing for tuitions, recreational, or outdoor activities. When a school does not enforce a dress code, it saves the time of students as well as teachers who would otherwise be involved in uniform policing.
Reduces the Chances of Violence & Hooliganism in School Campus
Mandating uniform in school campus does not prevent the entry of intruders. On the contrary, it increases the chances of intruders to trespass into the school campus and perpetrate violence and criminal activities as all they need to do is buy a similar pair of the school uniform and get inside the campus without raising any suspicion. In many instances of violence inside the school premises, perpetrators have been found to do just that.