Myra Faye Turner, Writer
My son and I come from different eras. I come from a time when the only kids who wore uniforms attended private or Catholic schools. Until Tyler started high school this year, he had only worn uniforms. Uniforms are basically the norm for most kids today. When he found out that his high school was only one of a few schools in New Orleans that didn't require uniforms, Tyler was ecstatic. Which surprised me since he never expressed much of an interest in fashion.
Lately, there's been a lot of hoopla over dress codes which has caused me to examine my feelings on the whole uniform vs street clothes deal. I admit, I like the idea of uniforms. Let's face it, the cost is a definite plus. Each year I purchased five shirts and pants and called it a day. Did I really want to run around looking for clothes? Hell, I don't particularly like shopping for myself.
The decision was made for me. However, I thought it would be different having a boy. I figured he'd grab a few pair jeans and shirts and call it a day. I figured two hours tops. Well, we spent an entire day, I'm talking maybe 8 hours, running around from store to store. At the end of a rather exhausting day, Tyler had the wardrobe he wanted. On the plus side, I only have to iron once a month because I made sure he had enough clothes to wear a different outfit each day, without repeating and saving me from having to do tons of laundry. So for that I'm eternally happy because if there's something I hate worse than ironing... it's doing laundry.
I think uniforms are probably a good idea until you reach high school. This is the time when kids are wanting to express their individuality. Having everyone dress alike is not the way to go. For that reason, I'm definitely pro-street clothes.