Be Smart, Dress The Part

As you may have noticed, we have a dress code here at Eisenhower. This dress code consists of jeans, khakis, school spirit shirts or a white collared polo. We went around the school asking one student in each grade their take on the dress code. Here are the results.

Some sixth graders here at IKE are new to uniforms. When I was in sixth grade, I was so relieved that I didn’t have to pick out a different outfit every morning. On the other hand, I asked a new sixth grader her thoughts on the new uniform. “I like the uniforms because they’re not like the regular uniforms that consist of skirts and a fancy shirt or sweater,” she said. After talking to her, I feel lucky not to have to wear the uniforms she mentioned. So, there you have it. A sixth grader’s view on uniforms. But let’s see what a seventh grade boy thinks.

Many seventh graders have  been wearing uniform for two years now. Giovanni, a 7th grader had mentioned “I don’t really like the uniform because it’s uncomfortable and not fun to wear a certain type of clothes.” Our school uniform isn’t really that comfortable to wear so he does have a good point. Now that we know our seventh grader doesn’t like it, we should talk to one of our eighth graders about the uniform.

Out of the many people in our school the people who have dealt with dress code/ uniforms the most are eighth graders. With three years of dress code, an 8th grade student from IKE, Grace who’s last year of uniforms is this year mentioned “I’m excited to wear what I want to wear, the shirts that they wear here are decent but they just sometimes don’t fit who you are and it’s better to wear what you want to wear.” After talking to all of these grades we have a better understanding of how the students feel here at ike, but what is the real reason behind it?

In order to get a full view on whether or not uniforms/dress code are needed we went to talk to the assistant principal, Mr. Oropez. He mentioned, “We have uniforms really for safety, so that way we can tell who’s an Eisenhower student and who isn’t. I don’t think that if we took away uniforms your grades would go up because you can wear whatever you want to wear, so I don’t think it has an impact on your learning.” So as you can see we all have different opinions on uniforms between all grade levels and the reasoning behind them. We all view it differently, which is ok. The point is whether or not uniforms impact our learning in any way really depends on the student themselves and how they choose to view it. They can make it a good thing of not having to think about what to wear or take it as a negative and hate it by choice.

Kianna, Sara, and Lizzie


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