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Feb 7, 201209:43 AMEditor's Blog

It's Official! Uniforms for All

Feb 7, 2012 - 09:43 AM

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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Our editor-in-chief, Betty started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter will be starting graduate school in the fall. Her son is now 27 and her middle daughter is 24. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty is an avid runner, cook (loves to eat) and coffee snob. She is an award-winning writer and most recently was honored with a Great Plains Journalism Award as Best Blogger of 2013. Last year, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “May Finds Her Way” (2013 The RoadRunner Press). Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

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