REGISTER VIEWPOINT: The 'U' word in Vermilion schools

Vermilion School Board members are considering the issue of uniforms for its students. Another option is a more rigid enforcement of
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Vermilion School Board members are considering the issue of uniforms for its students. Another option is a more rigid enforcement of the dress code.

Some students and their parents are weighing in against uniforms. It happens in every school district that looks at that option. The arguments are the same, emotions run high, everyone has an opinion. A year after uniform policies are in place, the high drama of the decision seems a little silly and childish.

Does this mean the students suddenly think uniforms are chic? No.

They just realize it's no big deal. Their creativity has found other outlets. They have not lost their individuality.

The uniform policy of their school years is probably not the worst thing that will ever happen to them. If it is, they can certainly be grateful for having charmed lives.

Vermilion students, several important lessons are evident here:

n No matter where the future takes you, there will be rules. Some of them may seem silly. It doesn't matter. Unless you are the boss, you won't be the one calling the shots. You have to obey the rules to succeed.

n Learn to pick your battles. Don't waste your time on losing battles or minor issues. The world is full of worthy causes on which to expend your energy and your youthful exuberance.

n The horror of uniforms during high school is a great conversational icebreaker later in life when you're in social situations where you don't know many people. The dreaded uniform is a equal opportunity scourge that crosses all social and economic barriers -- and isn't that what it is intended to be in the first place?