I was watching the West Wing and the debate came up that school uniforms might violate the 1st amendment. Obviously the US is different but are there constitutional grounds for uniforms under the Irish constitution?
Also, I wanna get the ball rolling on uniforms in general. I'll be gone from school in a year so I can't change it for myself but I don't want future generations to wear the uncomfortable clothes that I've worn for the past 14 years.
I believe that students should have the freedom to wear whatever they want into school as long as it fits in with a dress code to be decided upon by the schools themselves. The US, France, Italy, Finland and many other European countries have no uniforms and there's no proof that this worsens their education. In fact, Finland has the best education system in the world.
The cost of uniforms are enormous with many schools also requiring expensive PE gear or school jackets along with the class wear. This is completely unjustified when many people can barely afford to pay for the books, even with government financial support.
I don't buy the argument that parents would have to spend more on designer clothes. Kids want these clothes anyway to wear with their friends after school. Why wear the uniform for school, only to change into casual wear the second you come home? Why not wear your casual wear all day? This saves a lot of washing for parents so there's even an environmental argument to ban uniforms.
It's an issue we don't even seem to question in Ireland, but it's time we did.