Ecclus. 15: 15 – 20, 1 Cor. 2: 6 – 10, Matt. 5: 17 – 37
Many years ago, when I was a schoolteacher, or more precisely when I was what would now be described as a Pastoral Manager, I spent an inordinate amount of time enforcing different schools’ uniform regulations.
Having been expected to wear one uniform or another for most of my life, I am quite a supporter of school uniform. The sharing of a common dress code by all the pupils helps to develop a sense of corporate identity: when I put on this set of clothing, I become part of this school. School uniforms are generally designed to be quite practical, especially since girls have been allowed to wear trousers. School uniforms help to provide a level playing field, reducing the obvious differences in family affluence. School uniforms help pupils to develop the idea that different clothing is appropriate for different situations. School uniforms can act as a deterrent for poor behaviour because most youngsters will choose to act more responsibly if they know that their behaviour might be reported back to their school.