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Is there a point to compulsory school uniform?
Debating whether school uniforms are good or bad sidesteps a bigger issue: students – especially girls – need better designed garments that support their learning and well-being.
Banning the kirpan because it resembles a knife heads Australia down a path of religion free schools.
‘Hair is not neutral: it is saturated with racial and cultural meaning’
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In the absence of explicit national legislation against hair-based discrimination, young people are demanding fairer rules - and a culture shift.
Having the right rucksack matters in the playground.
Consumerism is entering the playground and placing further pressure on already stretched parents.
Changes to stringent school uniform rules may help schools on the pathway to acceptance of sexuality and gender fluidity.
Despite the “Yes” vote, Australia has a long way to go in accepting sexuality and gender fluidity, especially in schools. Changing strict uniform rules is a small step in the right direction.
Sagardeep Singh Arora is challenging Melton Christian College’s decision not to enrol his son unless he agrees not to wear his patka (similar to the photo above).
A case before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal highlights the need for schools to accommodate articles of religious and cultural practice in their uniform policies.
Do school uniforms repress culture and identity?
By providing a blanket approach to uniform policies, schools risk repressing cultural identity and diversity.
Wearing a skirt can prevent girls from participating in sports.
Wearing a skirt at school can make girls less likely to participate in physical activity, and it’s time schools changed their uniform policies.
Should school students wear a uniform?
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Many schools claim that when students attend in uniforms, it improves discipline, and leads to academic gains. But does it?
Uniforms, books and school trips all add up.
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