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Back to Sequoia for the school tour this morning. It would be easy to get to via public transportation, I'll say that much. (And that's a big thing!) Otherwise I am keeping my cards close to my chest if you don't mind, until I fill out the paperwork at least. Ask me in person.

Now I'm done with school visits for this week; next week, three more school events. Then I get a break for Thanksgiving. Then, back to the grind. School forms available in December and due in January.

One question for the masses, that I also posed to FB and Twitter: What do you think of school uniforms at the elementary level? (Sequoia doesn't have them; Glenview does. Other schools vary.) I have Opinions but they are informed by biases that may actually be blind spots, so.

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People who advocate them say they reduce stratifications among students due to class and clothes labels. But in reality, what I saw at the middle school level was that exactly the same amount of unpleasantness occurred over ever more minor details of accessorizing, grooming, etc.

One good thing about the school where I taught was that the uniform requirement was quite relaxed -- any white shirt with a collar (it could be and usually was a polo, not a button-down requiring ironing) and any pants of either navy or teal would do it, and then there was also the official uniform, which was inexpensive by department store prices but still too expensive for the neighborhood. Most of the families in the neighborbood iotherwise wore clothes they had bought from extreme discount jobbers or the flea market or thrift stores, so, K-Mart was only affordable during big sales.

And yes, you'd think that the unpleasantness about wh8ich clothes would arise if kids didn't have the right brand of white polo, but it didn't -- it was over things like scrunchies and socks and haircuts and bindis. (all Hispanic but bindis were popular at the time anyway)

And that was before the crash, so it's probably worse now.
This was more or less my suspicion. I've said elsewhere, it feels like a band-aid. It feels, well, cosmetic.
To my surprise, my six year old granddaughter loves the uniform idea. It isn't obligatory at her school, just suggested, and pants are interchangeable with skirts at will, but she insists on the skirt part even though she wears pants the rest of the time. Of course she may feel differently in a year or so.

On a philosophical/political level I'm agin 'em, but fortunately I don't have to decide.
I attended a school which required uniforms for 1st-8th. Most of the uniforms I wore were ill-fitting hand-me-downs, so my experience may be biased by that.
I think all of the above is true -- the unpleasantness just shifted to accessories, etc. All the class issues remained pretty much the same.
And I think uniforms can stifle a lot of fun self-expression for kids -- yes, a kid may get teased for the polka-dot shirt and the purple-striped socks, but if that outfit makes them happy regardless?
On the other hand, I think kids will be kids, and the unpleasantness would be there with or without the uniforms. Differences can be celebrated or fodder for teasing, and I'm not sure that uniforms make it better or worse...
It does eliminate some of the faculty-student tussling over whether (the pants are too baggy/ripped/sagged, the top has cap sleeves or counts as sleeveless, the neckline/armholes are too low, the print is distracting/offensive, etc.) Much of which gets directed at girls, particularly girls who develop secondary sex characteristics early or are heavierset, so I was just thinking today that I sort of which my school had them.
On a practical level, school uniforms seem like they'd reduce tension about what to wear in the morning, reduce overall wardrobe, and possibly reduce laundry. That all seems positive.

I didn't attend schools with uniforms, so I can't speak to the experience personally, and I don't think I have the scope to discuss how it affects schools at large, but from a household perspective I like the idea.