School kids care about their individuality.
And they also know how to use the Internet, as evidenced by the explosive growth in the list of comments responding to the Register’s stories about Sandusky schools’ decision to require “uniforms” for high school students.
Indeed, the number of comments was approaching 200 within a few hours of the story’s posting.
A good many were emotional, a few got personal, but many kids tried to state their cases with reason. Two of them, Adams Junior High School student Sarah Miller and Sandusky High School student Paul Bupe, responded to our online invitation to write pro and con columns, and you can see what they have to say on this page. We think they did a fine job presenting their cases.
Here’s what we have to say: Even if you are against the idea of making public-school students dress in uniforms, you have to admit what school district officials have chosen isn’t all that onerous a choice.
Polo shirts, choice of two colors. Slacks, choice of blue or khaki, in something approximating the correct size for your body. What’s the big deal?
Look in any catalog or on the racks in any store ranging from Abercrombie to Goodwill, and you’ll see a bewildering array of choices even within the limits proscribed by the schools. Oh, spend the money on the top brands if you absolutely must, but good-quality attire can be had without breaking the bank.
The important point here is, you’re not spending so much time thinking about clothes. And you get the idea certain types of clothes are appropriate for certain types of places, a lesson which will come in handy when you try to get that job you want. (It’s a lesson some of your elders could still learn, by the way.)
And there are plenty of ways to be yourself, to escape the conformity we all dread in our youth. Writing, art, sports, hobbies