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School Uniforms: Benefit or Hindrance?

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BC: Christie Killoran University of Alberta 1142475

FC: Uniforms in Schools A help or hindrance to identity? Christie Killoran

1: Teachers advocate uniforms Every student in Milford schools, from high-school seniors to the youngest kindergartener, will have to wear a uniform when they show up for class this fall... “This was brought to us by the teachers, because of the discipline problems they’ve seen,” Board of Education member Paul Faulkner said. “Unfortunately, teachers were spending anywhere from five to 10 minutes each class period as far as discipline problems with the dress code.” “A lot of kids were wearing hoodies that were one to two sizes larger than what they needed, and teachers said that the pockets were a concern,” Faulkner said. “They wondered what they had in them, and that comes back to a security decision as well.” -Milford Beacon, David Ross

2: A student says- uniforms unite us as a school, and more people should wear them.

3: Parents WANT uniforms in schools

5: Do you agree that dress can be a discipline problem, and/or security problem? Why? Do you agree or disagree that uniform dress unites students? Why? Will you spend less money on clothes if you wear a school uniform 5 out of 7 days of the week? Do you think uniforms are more cost effective? | REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS

6: In grade 6 students deal with democracy. Using this issue of school uniforms, students can practice the democratic processes they've been learning, and debate the passing of a bill that makes school uniforms mandatory for all students. Students will assume the role of a student, parent or school administrator or teacher and defend or contend the bill to make uniforms mandatory in public schools. Many junior/senior highs have dress codes, or uniforms-in grade 6 this is a reality that they will deal with soon in their education. | Students are at an age where their experience with democratic process, through the social studies curriculum and other access, allows them to make active decisions regarding an issue that affects them directly. Students can make decisions, and debate the pros and cons of introducing school uniforms to all students. This is a current issue in many school districts, and students can make themselves well informed on the issue through various media outlets such as news articles, blogs, vlogs or youtube.

7: Alberta Program of Studies how can individuals in a community participate in the decision making process? This project will allow students to practice participating in the decision making process, as they have the opportunity to debate the passing of a bill in the Legislature. Students will be organized into two groups, one group will play the role of MLA and premier, the second group will be community members coming to voice their opinion on the issue. Of the community members, some will be students, some as parents, and some as school administrators and teachers. Students will have to research their role, and deliver a speech that someone is their role would say or think. | In this authentic task, students will experience first hand the governing process that takes place in the passing of a bill. Students will have had instruction on the formation of the Legislature and the role each MLA plays in representing their constituency. They will also have learned what it means to pass a bill, and the process that is required in order to do so. The program of studies is developed to include current events in study, and this issue is relevant to students. Students can ask how it affects individual identity, portraying individuality through dress, and how uniforms unite or assimilate them.

8: single snapshot of one point of view--an opportunity for students to portray other points of view

9: In this scrapbook, I've put three pages in that show the perspectives of teachers, parents, and students. The perspectives I've displayed are all focused on the positive of uniforms, but no slides for the negative. If this scrapbook were presented to students, they can discuss the bias of this book, how to address it, and then take the point of view of anti-uniforms and add to this scrapbook or make another.

10: Resources Beckywithasmile. (Photographer). (2011). Opening ceremony. [Web]. Retrieved from Christchurch Libraries. (Photographer). (1950). Year 1-8 st.joseph's cathedral girls 1950. [Web]. Retrieved from Gerdes, P. (Photographer). (2010). Project 365 - year 2 : day 272 : 29/09/10. [Web]. Retrieved from Government of Alberta, Alberta Education. (2005). Social studies kindergarten to grade 12 Alberta, Canada: Retrieved from LaRoss, D. (2011, June 2). Milford schools to require uniforms this fall. Milford Beacon. Retrieved from

11: Resources continued Mutantur, O. (Photographer). (2008). Joy. [Web]. Retrieved from OfficialCBSAtlanta, (2009). Money strapped parents ask for uniforms [Web]. Available from Ostrom, M. (2011, June 10). School uniforms. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved from Slices of Light. (Photographer). (2007). Hola. [Web]. Retrieved from

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  • Title: School Uniforms: Benefit or Hindrance?
  • Controversy in the Classroom project--are school uniforms a benefit to school policy, or a hindrance to personal identity.
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