Should children be required to wear uniforms? WHY OR WHY NOT? Children in Nigeria in school uniforms In South Africa all schools, public and private have the students wear uniforms. Whereas, here in the US, there are very few schools which have a uniform policy. However, there is a dress-code policy. The concept of school uniform is believed to serve two purposes - to instill a sense of belonging and pride in the school and also to eliminate any idea of competition in the matter of personal dress. Source: http://www.cesla.org/uniforms.html But is having uniforms making the education more black and white (not literally), and taking away the child's identity? I asked some junior high students how they felt if our district was to suddenly go uniform. And all of them rejected the idea feeling that their clothes represented them and that if they were to dress alike they would feel like robots. Some of these students come to school with jeans sagging, short skirts, different colored hair ranging from all the colors in the rainbow, ripped pants, etc.