School uniforms were once reserved only for those schools with a religious affiliation, most commonly Catholic schools. Many countries use these uniforms, particularly for elementary and middle school children. While each individual school may have its own specific dress code, the school uniform concept is basically the same across the board. Typically, boys wear khaki or dark blue pants along with a long or short sleeved button down shirt that is tucked in. The pants must have a belt, and no tennis shoes can be worn. In many cases, only loafers or dress shoes are allowed. For girls, a skirt is usually worn, but it must be a certain length or longer. Anything too short can result in the girls being sent home to change clothing. The girls also wear a shirt tucked into the skirt, and often wear knee socks. Many schools also require students to wear a blazer (or jacket), often emblazoned with the school’s crest or symbol.
While in years past, school uniforms were mostly reserved for those attending small, private religious schools in the United States; many larger public schools have begun implementing a mandatory uniform policy. This change is mostly due to the fact that administrators believe if children wear uniforms, they will behave much better. There is no more room for distraction involving wardrobe choices, shoe brands, T shirt slogans, or other things that can take a child away from learning time. In addition, by mandating school uniforms, those children who may not be able to afford brand name clothing will not feel left out or made fun of. While many kids today don’t like the idea of school uniforms, many parents seem to enjoy it. Not only does it save them on clothing expenses, but it teaches children how to dress properly and obey rules at an early age.