Christian Berechree in his school days.
Christian Berechree in his school days. Contributed

OPINION: Why school uniforms should stay

I HATED my school uniform.

Both primary and high school - they were about as far from stylish as you could imagine.

Primary school involved putting on a bright yellow shirt with a pair of grey shorts and trousers, along with an itchy, over-sized wool jumper.

High school meant blue on blue on blue, right down to the socks.

I didn't go to the strictest of schools, so there was some flexibility in the uniform, but there were rules.

One of these rules was that shorts had to be above the knee, and my mum was ever a stickler for the rules.

This meant a fair amount of ridicule came my way from my baggy-shorts wearing classmates, which I found ridiculous.

I was being teased for wearing exactly what the school prescribed I should wear.

However, I can only imagine the teasing that could go on at a non-uniformed school.

Our Facebook page lit up with comments when we posted a story about certain Queensland schools ditching uniforms (see page 10).

One of the recurring arguments was about belonging - uniforms help kids feel part of something.

I'm not sure how I feel about that, but my thoughts are uniforms are actually a form of protection.

While my experience shows kids will find any excuse to tease each other, imagine being a kid at school who can't afford the latest fashions.

Imagine the ridicule that would be thrown the way of a student who dresses in second-hand clothes, or wears the same outfit several times a week.

School can be tough, and uniforms can be annoying.

But they can also be a form of protection, by levelling the playing field in at least one area.

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