Uniform, or Case of a
Public School 20:00
|Public junior high schools in Japan generally have mandatory
dress - in other words, school uniforms. Most students, however, would
prefer to wear regular clothes to school. Are uniforms really
necessary? At this public junior high in Kumamoto Prefecture a female
student comes to school on the first day in regular clothes in order to
make a personal statement. She has chosen to flout the schools dress
code . She then transfers to another school where she can be herself.
This documentary weighs the pros and cons of school uniforms.
|We often are willing to go along with the crowd because
things seem easier that way, and we do not want to be nails that stick
out. We end up ignoring very real issues. That is true when it comes to
the issue of school uniforms. In this film when all the students come to
school dressed as they please, the classroom suddenly seems to
brighten up. That episode left quite an impression with me. Among the
other things that this film made me think about was the rationale that
if the individual freedom for students is to be respected, it might not
be a bad idea to do away with uniforms.
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