PublicSchool Uniforms: A Study of One School`s Uniform
Themajority of public schools are giving a consideration of schooluniforms as a key factor that could solve the complicated social andacademic success issues in education. The available research islimited and its quality though poor but still exists due to problemsin the evaluation of impacts created from such policy(Murphy, 2016).However, the majority of parents still see uniforms as having apositive effect on the students and their learning environment.Likewise, the total number of schools using these items is stillrising. Indeed, one still asks why this phenomenon is still takingplace and the person spearheading the powerful perceptions fromparents, the education fraternity and the public at large. The samealso seek to evaluate the positive impacts created by uniforms(Murphy,2016).Likewise, the study also evaluates the negative consequences thatuniforms may have to parents, educators, and students who are beinggiven assumption. Additionally, the study also assesses the practicesthat have been commonly adopted by other nations, private entitiesand the education sector that have had a vast impact towards thecreation of a difference among public schools in the US. Notforgetting, the case study also assesses on whether the similarconditions that lead to recognition of uniforms within the privateand parochial schools may be integrated into the public schools aswell.
Ina bid to answer the issues identified above, the study explored thephenomenon of school uniform in the real life situation through thedescription of how and the reason why elementary schools resorted tothe implementation of the uniform policy. First, the study had anexplanation of how this took place in school and also reviewed thesame through use literature on both historical and legal information(Murphy,2016).The same also entailed the related research on both sociological andpsychological effects of clothing. On top of this, the study alsopresented on the sequence of events that occurred between 1994 and1997 covering the process of decision making and its implementationat a selected primary school ( P.S.E). Meanwhile, the study alsoused various data sources in analyzing and evaluation of the mannerby which the implementation of uniform policy happened and the way ithas impacted on the community schools. With regards to the same, boththe impact of academics and behaviors created by uniforms at PSE werethen compared with the outcomes from four selected schools in otherdistricts that have undertaken the implementation of the uniformpolicies. The study also documented on the parent, student andteacher perceptions (Ryuet. al, 2011).
Decision-makingapproaches and stakeholders involved the implementation of uniformpolicy
Aschool uniform comprises of limited varieties of clothing such asfootwear and headwear. The uniforms enable the identification ofstudents who belong to which particular school (Murphy,2016).All schools have expectation from students to put on uniforms duringthe time they are in school, either traveling during school functionsand also when involved in activities delegated by the school.
Aproper selection of the uniform attire may have positive attributeson both health and safety of the students especially when they areinvolved in school activities. Also, the uniform of a school musthave the reflection of standards and expectations of the schoolcommunity (Murphy,2016).Likewise, the development of school uniform may take place throughconsultation with the community where the school is situated. Theselection should rely on strong voice from both students and parents.In this regard, the community as a whole has a role in ensuring theattainment of these standards altogether.
Always,the decision relating to public school uniforms need to remaininconsistency with the work and health, laws governing on equalopportunity and discrimination. Such aspects associated with schooluniforms like safety footwear, protection of eyes and hat must begiven priorities when it comes to the enforcement of uniform policyin public schools.
Anypolicy on school uniform must be formulated based on consultationmade with students, parent or guardians, teachers and the educationofficials from the government. The process of consultation must takeplace based on perspectives that adhere to participatory principlesof decision-making process. Also, the formal endorsement of schooluniform policy needs and requirements should be done by the schoolcommunity before considering for their implementation.
Policyon school uniform needs to factor in the diversity of nature amongthe student population within the school (Murphy,2016),while not becoming a disadvantage to any student. In this regard, theaspect must take into consideration of economic, cultural, individualand social issues that affect the families of the student when makingthe decision on items that should form part of the school uniform.Some other factors that may also be given consideration include thebody shape and religious factors that indeed must be given priorityduring the design stages of the clothing for uniforms.
Thepolicy of school uniforms and its requirements need periodic reviewswith the objective of amending areas that require corrections(Murphy,2016).Also, people living within the school community may also seek to knowthe time when the situations have a significant change or when issuesemerge such that they should be reviewed
Howto handle the problems presented by implementation of uniform policyin public schools
Manyparents, teachers, and students still view the implementation ofuniform policy positively in schools despite the presence of limiteduniforms of high quality (Murphy,2016).As a result, there is an increase in the number of schools adoptingthe policy despite the noted problems. However, one needs to ask onthe negative impacts created by uniforms and the problems that arestill place barring the successful implementation of this policy aswell (Ryuet. al, 2011).In seeking to have the solution to this problem of uniform policy inpublic schools, different techniques can be used to enhance this.
Firstthere should be a reinforcement that is positive and support of theresponsible behavioral approaches, which will ensure that studentsput on school uniforms all the time.
Secondly,both the stakeholder involved such as teachers and parents shoulddress in a manner that encourage the spirit of discipline in schoolsso that the students may learn from them
Actionssuch as expelling or suspending of students who fail to comply withthe requirements of uniform policy should be avoided (Ryuet. al, 2011).The main reason for this is because there is no way that theenrolment of student may be factored in, based on the compliance withuniform policy
Also,there is no need to disadvantage students in circumstances where theyare not able to access items that constitute uniforms especially whensuch circumstances are beyond their reach. Respect need to be shownto contentious objections from parents because of the issue ofwearing of school uniforms. Finally, students who object not to wearschool uniforms must be appropriate. Such responses must have aproper clarification that also comes with an agreement from theschool community followed by its documentation. On the same note,the response needs to be fair and consistent (Gentile,E., & Imberman, S. A, 2012).
Possibleways to improve the uniform policies and procedures in public schools
Makingarrangements for the uniform supply with companies, wherein suchsituations the firms preferred, get preference in the order placement(Murphy,2016). The same may also take place through a public tendering process.
Anypossible change made on school uniform not only has significancetowards the students and parents but also on those involved in thesupply of school uniforms. For this reason, any particular schoolfollowing the consultation process with teachers, parents andstudents with the aim of making changes on school uniform must makein the decision publicly at early stages of school beforeimplementing change (Gentile,E., & Imberman, S. A, 2012).The same notification must be made to all parents, retailers andother concerned parties. Other schools may create for a durationperiod to enable for shops supplying school uniforms to adjust forsuch changes.
Parents,students, teachers, education fraternity, must all be involved duringthe implementation of the uniform policy in schools. Whileimplementing this policy, the considerations must factor in all thoseissues that enhance the well-being of the student with respect to thepromotion of good learning environment. In consequence, all students,teachers, parents, the education sector, and other parties will atlast reap the benefits of success, particularly when such policiesare favorable in the long run.
Murphy,M. (2016). Publicschool uniforms: a case study of one school`s experience.
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