You wake up at 6am and pick out what clothes to wear, you pick out a flannel and ripped jeans. Then you remember that flannels are overrated now and swap it for an oversized sweatshirt
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, The usual outfit consisting of khaki pants or skirts and polo shirts is worn by 20% of schools in the United States.
Educators argue that uniforms will allow students to pay more attention to their work and allow them to have better behavior because they aren’t concerned with their fashion choices. Julia Ely (18’) doesn’t think that proposing school uniforms would be the best fit for McMahon, “I am against school uniforms because I think it is important for everyone to express themselves in different ways. Uniforms go against the idea of individualism, which I think is an important thing to have in a school environment like ours.”
In a school like McMahon, where people come from all background and all across Fairfield County, there may be backlash from students if administrators attempted to set forth new dress code policies. However, one McMahon student, Kamryn Spezzano (20’), thinks school uniforms would be a positive change, stating,, “Uniforms would change the McMahon school climate by reducing the amount of teasing or bullying. You see a lot of kids getting made fun of because of what their wear, it’s just not right and uniforms may be the best way to stop it.”
The negative side to uniforms is the cost of buying them, because you cannot just have just one. Many families may not be able to make room in their budget to buy their children multiple uniforms, in addition to purchasing regular everyday clothing. Big name companies, like Target and Walmart, have tried to solve this by selling khaki’s and polo shirts at lower prices, at Walmart you can by khaki pants for $15.
Lauralton Hall, an all girls catholic high school in Milford has had uniforms since 1906 when they opened. Jackie Emanuel,a Norwalk resident has gone to Catholic school all her life and has always worn a uniform.
She commented that, “I look at all of my friends who go to Norwalk schools and I don’t think I could ever get used to wearing sweatpants to school. Lauralton makes us wear jumpers, basically dresses, but when it’s cold I wear sweatpants under mine.”
At the end of the day, McMahon students cannot complain about the school dress code. We are allowed to wear whatever we please, with a few exceptions. How you you feel if administrators suddenly changed the dress code policy?