Parents Protesting Catholic School's Ban on Uniform Skirts Are Missing the Point

uniform skirtsJust to clarify: The point of making kids wear school uniforms is to guarantee they follow a certain dress code, right? I mean, I went to Catholic school for my entire childhood/adolesence and unless things have changed a LOT in the past ... er, bunch of years, that's what the uniform thing is all about. (Of course you can kick that theory up a notch, but we'll talk about methods of breaking young spirits some other time.)

So I don't really understand why parents at St. Bernadette's Catholic School in Connecticut are freaking out over the administration's decision to switch the girls' outfits from the traditional kicky plaid skirt/button-down blouse combo to khaki pants and a polo shirt.

Especially considering the reason WHY the school decided to update the uniform.


Apparently the older girls were pulling the old make-my-skirt-shorter-by-rolling-it-up-at-the-waist trick.

Aha, so things haven't changed since I was in school! Which leads me to believe those uniforms went from hanging somewhere around the knees to about the length of your average stripper's "sexy schoolgirl" skirt.

(Personally, I always felt like the bulging roll of fabric around the waist thing kind of cancelled out the sexy effect, but whatever.)

Anyway, khakis and polos sound like the perfect solution to this problem. Never mind the fact that they're more practical anyway -- Connecticut winters are cold, and I can tell you from bitter experience that bare legs at a bus stop in January are no fun at all.

So what exactly is the issue these parents have with the new uniform? The students will still be following a dress code, which is supposed to be the point. One mother apparently complained: “I would like to carry on with the beautiful tradition that the kids wear their proud uniform.”

Um, really?? Uniforms have never been an aesthetically-influenced choice. Maroon plaid kilts with matching polyester boleros and a white blouse with a Peter Pan collar? Don't forget the knee socks and the little snap-on tie! Come on!

I'm just saying. If my daughter went to that school, I'd be more than fine with the khakis/polo ensemble overhaul. Honestly, to ask students to wear those skirts seems like an unreasonable request in comparison.

Do you think parents should be upset about their daughters' uniforms being switched from skirts to khakis?


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