I believe that uniforms should not be required at Judge. Students who attend Judge find that uniforms are an unnecessary hassle. The Judge Memorial students feel that they would benefit from an absence in uniform.

 Uniforms are uncomfortable and prevent students from learning and focusing properly.  Wilcox mentions a valid argument in that “itchy and tight clothes can  make it difficult for a student to focus on academics.” In addition, uniforms can be expensive and hard to attain. Students and their parents have limited access to uniform stores, and often complain that uniforms are extremely expensive. Lastly, the presence of uniforms stops students from expressing their identity which is extremely important. In a child’s time of adolescence, it is important for them to express their creativity. Kouzmine states “Many students who are against school uniforms argue that they lose their self-identity when they lose their right to express themselves through fashion.”

School administrators may argue a lack of uniforms by stating that uniforms keep up a school’s professionalism. I counter this by saying that the student should be valued in their economic stance, comfortability, and expression.  The care for cura personalis, the whole person, should include the student’s opinions and disapproval of the school uniform. The school uniform should be suspended by Judge in order to support the students who run the school. 

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January 11, 2022 4:48 pm

Dear Emmy,

I am impressed by your post, “Should school’s unforms be required?” because it is impressive that schools still use unforms. I think this is impressive how this is a requirement in some schools.

One sentence that stood out to me was that “Wilcox mentions a valid argument in that “itchy and tight clothes can make it difficult for a student to focus on academics.”  I think that this stood out to me because I agree with this due to the fact that at one time in my life I had to wear uniforms in elementary and I would never like it.

Thank you for writing this amazing post. I am looking forward to your other writing.

December 9, 2021 8:21 pm

I really appreciate you speaking out about this problem! I completely agree with you about how uniforms are too expensive and hard to find. My family has struggled to obtain me a uniform for the past couple years and when we found someplace that had my size, it was incredibly expensive. I like how you brought up that being able to wear what you want helps you to express your identity. I agree with that, and I believe that it is important to promote your identity, and well-being without having to get in trouble. If schools think that uniforms are more professional and they promote the school, then they should at least make them more comfortable and more affordable.

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