How I learned to love my school uniform
School uniforms are an integral part of the British education system whether the students like it or not. My first uniform consisted of a grey skirt, white shirt, green and white striped tie and a green jumper - I was four years old. Although I didn't like wearing them at the time, looking back, I now strongly believe they were a good thing.
In my opinion, a uniform does not only promote equality, but also a sense of community. For example, the FC Barcelona team wear the same kit and in the process of doing so, they represent their club. Similarly, students wear the same uniform and look smart representing their schools. I would rather be judged on my actions and personality than the clothes I wore, and I am certain that a football player would rather be judged on their ability and skill level over what they wear to training sessions.
Just like players accessorise their football boots, students can still customise their rucksacks or their uniforms in a number of ways. Many choose to have colourful bags since the uniforms tend to be lacking in vibrant colours, and the teachers may not like it, but we can usually get away with having the top button undone, shirt untucked, our ties a shorter length or our sleeves rolled up.
Although equality is the main argument, uniforms are also very practical from both a teacher and a student's perspective. From a teacher's perspective, not only is it easier for them to spot us in crowded areas on school trips, but it is also easier for them to recognise us in the classroom, as we wear the same clothes everyday. From a student's point of view, we can stay in bed a little longer in the mornings as we don't have to agonise over our outfits.
However, there are of course disadvantages - it can be quite irritating having to bring a change of clothes if we're going to a friend's house after school!