Sandusky City Schools have something to crow about.
In less than two years, the uniform proposal made by the school board went from a rather radical idea to reality. More than 3,800 students in kindergarten through grade 12 are complying with the new rules regarding their appearances and looking good for it.
In addition to easing the financial burden on cash-strapped parents, the new uniforms are symbols of an important life lesson -- there's a time and a place for everything. For six or more hours each weekday, students are expected to conform to the rules set forth by their "bosses" -- teachers, principals and the school board. They may not always agree with the decisions or directions these superiors hand out, but it's the students' job to comply.
Talk about real life! This lesson alone makes the uniform policy worthwhile.
A school's job is to prepare children for the real world. The reality of complying with rules extends to the workplace. The reality of appropriate dress for any occasion is one that will serve them well, now and into adulthood.
Creative expression in wardrobe choices paints a picture of who an individual is. The world would be a very confusing place without the clothing choices that identify others as kindred souls. Leisure hours -- after school and on weekends -- are the times to explore that aspect of development.
We commend board members who boldly sought to bring uniforms to a large public school system and who stuck with the plan over objections of students and some parents.
With the cooperation of teachers, parents and students, the plan worked.
And the kids look mah-vel-ous.