We asked five experts from various fields whether school uniforms should be compulsory. Four out of five said no.
Dress codes in schools can mask a lot of inequality issues around gender, race and religion. Why not go with a simple policy that applies to everyone equally and discuss the underlying issues instead?
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.
There's a simple solution to the school uniform conundrum: have a range of sanctioned options and allow students to choose, no matter their gender.
There's no evidence to say school uniforms are better or worse for learning, but dress codes do teach kids a thing or two about civics.