By Eddonishia Jones
When I am wearing my blue jeans and gray shirt, I get more work done. I feel more comfortable, and I wish I could skip our school uniform on half-day Wednesdays.
Students should be able to express themselves and get a break from wearing our school uniform.
Ms. Albano, a V.O.I.S.E. substitute teacher, agrees: “They should because it gives them a chance to show they can dress and have style. It is a chance to dress cool and be grown up and make decisions.”
Getting to wear everyday clothes some of the time would help students learn how to be more mature.
But some people object to letting students wear what they want because of the danger of wearing inappropriate clothes and outfits that would be viewed as gang related. But I think if certain rules are followed, then danger can be avoided.
V.O.I.S.E. Principal Todd Yarch tells students not to wear signs on their uniform shirts, earrings, hats or belts buckles to school. This helps to keep the students away from gang members when they are walking to and from school.
Yarch is personally not a fan of uniforms, but he worries some students wouldn’t wear appropriate clothes, which cause distraction. He says he wouldn’t have a problem with students coming out of uniform if they wear the right clothes.
Why not allow students to earn the right to wear their own clothes some of the time, like on Wednesdays? Students could be required to have perfect attendance, not get in trouble and get good grades.
Let’s give it a try!