I know a good number of public and charter schools require school uniforms. They have their reasons: keep everyone looking good, theoretical drop in bullying, focus on academics, not spending money on other clothes, etc. But I find myself doubting the benefit vs the energy cost that goes into these. Several uniform schools in the area are posting like mad on social media asking for help: they need to get their students all uniform, but there is just too much poverty for all families to buy uniforms. On one hand, I do love a good tale of the community rallying to help each other. On the other hand, of all the things schools need to be busying themselves with right before school, it's kind of sad student clothes have to take so much priority and time. Oh, but a couple of outfits will cost less than other clothes. Not when it's trying to afford a uniform vs clothes you already own. One mom on Facebook was in tears. She had registered at a charter school at the last minute so her kids wouldn't be stuck in the local district's hybrid schedule. She's looking at close to a grand to get her kids two uniforms each at the cheapest. (She does have a lot of kids). It's easy enough to say don't go to that school if you can't afford the uniform, but then that just leads to haves vs have nots schools. Sigh. I guess I am just trying to say I'm disenchanted with uniforms.