In Friday's Times, Stephanie Rosenbloom, who covers the fashion industry, has an intriguing article about how kids — and some manufacturers — are skirting school uniform policies, with neon-hued or highly patterned tights and leggings, among other things. Nearly 1 in 5 public schools, including many in New York City, now require some sort of uniforms, according to the latest surveys.
The article found that many school districts are fairly lax about implementing them, however. "At first they couldn't accessorize, but then again, how do you tell someone what color shoes to buy?" Beverly J. Hutton, who works in a New Jersey district that recently relaxed its dress code, was quoted as saying. "They're teenagers. If you take it all away, you get rebellion."
Do you think school uniforms are effective — or stifling? What's the proper amount of control public schools should exercise on things like clothing?
What's the proper amount of control public schools should exercise on things like clothing?