Grade 4



I am writing to discuss the current debate surrounding the abolishment of uniforms from this school. It is my hope that, upon reading this letter, it will be your decision to quash this suggestion at the assembly this Friday. It is vital that we maintain the tradition of uniforms at this school for the sake of order and to ensure the emotional and physical well-being of the students.

I have no doubt that this academy will break down if its students are allowed to run amok in whatever it is that they happened to find lying about on their floor in the morning. The reason this school’s reputation precedes it is due to a fierce devotion to academia and the teachers’ uninterrupted focus on training each child. This focus will be derailed if teachers are forced to spend precious time regulating clothing. Each time a teacher stops to explain to a student why he or she is dressed inappropriately, said teacher is being worn out mentally and wasting time.

Also, the students’ mentality will be greatly affected in a negative manner. The argument for the abolishment of uniforms is that the students want to express themselves through dress. This academy should not be an environment where we foster the idea that is is beneficial for an individual to think that something so shallow and material as clothing does their character any justice. A devotion to vanity and materialism will gradually replace students’ dedication to developing their minds and sharing their brilliant ideas. Expressing oneself through clothing is an indication that one can not express oneself in any other worthy manner.

There is also a physical danger presented when students walk to school through potentially less-than-safe neighborhoods in the types of outfits popular today. The style is far too tight, too low cut, too short, and nothing good can come from unattended children in outfits meant to sexualize the wearer. If these children choose to wear such clothing in the company of their parents, than they will at least be under parental guidance.

When students are at this academy, however, they are under the watch of their teachers and the administration, which act as ad hoc parents. As ad hoc parents, the teachers and administration should be concerned with the well-being of the students after they leave the school grounds, not just concerned with the students’ grades. Hopefully this letter will show you the point of view of a student who happens to be in favor of the uniforms currently in place. I ask you in earnest to keep this in mind when making your decision a week from now.