Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Having Uniforms

Whenever the subject of school uniforms or a school dress code comes up, some teenager who imagines that he is saying something profound, or some parent who's thought never progressed beyond that of a teenager, explains that such a restriction will inhibit the student's self-expression.

It should be the role of schools and teachers, as well as other adults, to explain to students that one should express themselves literately -- that is, by the way that they speak and write. While non-verbal cues can accompany words, they don't really mean all that much unless a person has something coherent to say.

Schools educate with the goal of teaching students how to think. Eliminating distractions related to how one dresses the body can serve the goal of giving greater focus to the development of the mind.


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