Two sides to the uniform debate

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:15pm

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Students in many countries have to wear uniforms to school. However, in some other countries such as the United States, most students do not have to wear a uniform.

Some people think wearing a uniform is good because it reflects the school's look. They also think it is good because students will not laugh at others' clothes. Students will also think more about their schoolwork and not about fashion. Therefore, they can do better at school and get good results in the exams.

On the other hand, some people think that students should wear what they like. It might help them learn to think for themselves. They might think their clothes make them unique.

What do you think?

Li Chui-yi, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Chui-yi. It seems we come back to the same debate year after year. People are right when they say that school uniforms promote discipline.

Students are not concerned about outrageous clothing and hair styles. They don't have to waste time worrying about fashion. Personally I think that is a good thing.

Fashion is a passion of students and it could become time-consuming and overwhelming for them. Fashion is nothing more than marketing through clothing.

Education is for higher pursuits. It seems to me Hong Kong students have more than enough to think about each school day without having the added pressure of ensuring that they are wearing fashionable clothing.

I wonder what our other readers think.

Susan, Editor