Steve at Southern Appeal gets into it with Will Baude of Crescat Sententia over school uniforms. Will responded to Steve's first post (which admittedly only stated a preference for uniforms versus BS regulation of t-shirts with unfavored messages) with this stirring plea for freedom.
Uniforms are for scouting, cheerleading, sports, and professionals, IMHO. I went to a public school, and did not wear a uniform. I wore what I wanted to. For a while, I wore a coat and tie every day, combined with a distinctive hat. I always paid attention in class (well, mostly always). I loved it when the cheerleaders would wear their uniforms; we had an unofficial "no ugly cheerleaders" rule, similar to the "no clumsy athletes" rule that everyone remembers. And we had some fine looking cheerleaders. But I digress.
Personally, I don't care if the kids are uniformed. It wouldn't have bothered me any in school. I'm frankly a little more troubled by kids bringing weapons to school, although I always carried a pocket knife.
But what really bugs me is that neither Steve nor Will has seen fit to mention the wholly inappropriate use of tax dollars to educate people through compulsory schooling. If you took out the kids who don't want to learn, those who did would learn better. There are studies showing this somewhere, but I'm too lazy to find them. I don't like paying taxes for public schools, especially since teachers don't have to have degrees in the subjects they're teaching, but instead have to have education degrees. But that argument is for another day.
There are much bigger problems with schools that school uniforms won't solve. If I ever have kids, I'm going to home school them.