It's Official! Uniforms for All

About a million years ago, we ran an article written by Cindy Webb about school uniforms for elemenatry students in Tulsa Public Schools. The debate was raging. Uniforms won out. Last night, the last nail in the coffin or champagne toast (choose your metephor, depending on which side you're on), was pronounced by the school board -- uniforms for all!

I never had much of an opinion about uniforms. For those of you who know me, it's very rare for me to NOT have an opinion. My son, who tends toward the strict, type-A, orderly, predictable category liked uniforms. My middle daughter, who is messy and all over the place, wanted uniforms for a different reason -- she didn't like thinking about what she had to wear every day. And my youngest would have disliked uniforms, but would have put it off as unimportant. Now that she's in college, she buys all her clothes at Goodwill.

I guess uniforms do make for a more egalitarian atmosphere. But, from my observation, kids know who the rich people are anyway. They're no fools. And unless you ban Cole Haans, Coach purses and the like, you aren't really going to ever get to a class-blind student population. Oh, wait, did I say class? We don't have those in the United States, do we?

As for those who say that their creativity and independence is being stomped on. Maybe. But maybe it takes more creativity to be a unique individual in a uniform than it does in that outfit you got at Cheap Thrills.

Since I no longer have kids in TPS, let me know what you think. Uniforms or no?


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Betty Casey has been editor of TulsaKids for over 20 years – her youngest child was 3-years-old when she started working for the magazine. She and her husband Wes have three young adult children. Betty’s blog ranges from writing about current issues or information of interest to local parents, reflecting on her life without kids at home, and posting a few recipes now and then. (Cooking and running are two or her favorite past-times.) Betty is the author/illustrator of three children’s books, "May Finds Her Way," "That is a Hat" and "The Prince of the Prairie" (The RoadRunner Press). She was named Blogger of the Year in 2014 by The Great Plains Journalism Awards, was a finalist in 2015 and won again in 2016. She has won numerous writing awards from the Parenting Media Association.

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