..... Sometimes they even dress alike! Yes, I am talking about my two mini munchkins who are in elementary school. The ES here wears uniforms. I am not "against" uniform per say, I just hate that it requires me to buy two sets of clothes every year. I hadn't ever run into uniforms until living in Memphis Tennessee. Up there, I could see that the uniforms were need, what with the gangs, violence, and kids dressing like thugs and hookers. I was OK with that. The required uniform was white or dark blue collared tops, and navy, black, or beige bottoms. Belts and shirt tucking was required. This made the children look like nice young ladies and gentlemen. I thought it was great! Yes it was expensive....but it was necessary, and we complied.
After moving to Florida, we ran into some schools that wore uniforms, and some that did not. I kept the uniforms just in case HHH got transferred to a job where the school system required them. We have never had any problems with uniforms... till now.
Now Tuttle ES uses uniforms. OK. I have uniforms my kids can wear. Tuttle sells school shirts that have the school logo on them. So did all the other schools we ever attended that had uniforms. However, Tuttle REQUIRES we buy the school's shirts from THEM at $11 a pop because any shirt that does not have the school logo is not permitted. WTF?? I have 2 students who attend there and at $11 a pop for 5 days that would be......$110.00!!! WTF??? Are you kidding me? I do have to insert in here that they gave my kids 3 shirts free each since we had moved in and were a little short on cash due to the moving, but damn man! What about some of these families that have 3 or 4 kids in elementary school here? I have seen them when I go to drop off and pick up the kids from school. I shudder to think what they are paying for this. As if that wasn't enough, now my daughter tells me that I have to purchase them school logo outer wear also, as they are not allowed to wear their regular windbreakers and hoodies. Once more, with feeling....WTF??? Now my kids also wear uniform approved outer wear as well. Navy colored, zip up hoodies, devoid of decoration and design. How the HELL do you tell a parent, after all the other money they have spent on shirts and school supplies, that they also have to spend money on sweatshirts and jackets from the school with the school logo on them? If the shirts are $11, I don't even want to know what the sweatshirts and jackets cost!!! Every other school district I have ever been in that has had uniforms has always given parents the option to buy plain colored, collared tops from a major retailer and use those as uniforms. This "Only buying uniforms from the school" thing smacks as a forced fund raiser to me. By making it a rule that you can only buy your school uniform from the school itself, it creates a monopoly and makes it harder for parents to spread the funds around for things such as after school activities, sports programs, or arts. In the end, the kids are going to lose. We're already being squeezed in the grocery store, by the electric company, and at the pump, but HEY! Let's add on a greedy school to the list. I guess bake sales and raffles aren't enough anymore.
Oh, and the reason most schools give for using uniforms..... you know, the gangs, violence, and crime they are supposed to deter? Yeah, those things usually begin in middle school. Guess what? The middle school my eldest daughter goes to doesn't have uniforms.
Makes a whole load of sense, doesn't it?