Just wondered if anyone on this planet had a decent excuse as to why 5-16 year olds should be forced into wearing uniforms at school. It's bad enough that children have to suffer the prison-like environment that are modern day schools, such as the big metal fencing, rigid schedule, rubbish food, the not-too-bright staff and so on without the generally god-awful colours the schools insist you wear. The cost excuse doesn't wash because uniforms are usually expensive so the said prison/school can make a few quid and you still at the end of the day have 6 weeks off and weekends where you still need proper clothes.
I don't like that Shabina Begum character that won a recent case with the Muslim dress (the accusations of bigotry etc. from her side brings out the 'well bu**er off to some other country if you don't like it' attitude in me) but I hope more of these cases arise and further stuff those stuck in the poverty-stricken years of numerous decades ago who think uniforms for children are a good idea. There is also another human rights angle where everyone has the freedom to do as they wish (within reason) and so forth, this seems to clash somewhat with uniforms at school, it's different with professionals because there is usually a point and there was choice involved initially. Children usually have little choice to which school they go to along with them having to go to school in the first place (ignoring home teaching etc.) But I guess this freedom of choice is kinda like 'democracy' in this country... (democracy = rule of the mob, which generally means we're all at the mercy of the idiot majority anyway, but it would be nice if the mostly Labour councils hadn't moved voters around so the Tories or whoever else need a significant majority just to get the same amount of seats as Labour - no small wonder why proportional representation has been quietly put to one side)
For the record I had to endure uniforms at Secondary school (11 to 16 year old), I missed uniforms being brought in at the Primary School by a year. Thankfully I got some sicknote so I got out of ever wearing a tie (so nice to have a ready made noose around your neck I don' t think).