2001-07-18 / Letters to the Editor
School Uniforms Can Help Parents And Teachers Dear Editor,
School uniforms can play a big roll in keeping our children focused on what is truly important from their school experience. Issues regarding peer pressure and self-esteem can be affected simply by what children wear to school. Anyone with children cannot deny this. Unfortunately, many parents also succumb to the pressures kids pass on to them from their school environment. In their minds they have no choice. What lessons does this teach our kids? That their character and heart is what is most important in life, or that our self-worth is based on materialism? Is our place in society based on what we wear? Is individualism more important than viewing ourselves as equally important members of our community? It is clear that many parents have grown up learning the wrong lessons and have been affected themselves by these early life experiences. "Keeping up with the Jones" may be important or even motivating for some adults, but our kids should not have to deal with this issue from their initial school experience.