I think it creates an equality in the student population. Generally, you can't tell which kids have money and which don't (and have to wear the same things all the time because they ca't afford new clothes), so kids from struggling families feel less self-conscious. Those families still have to buy the uniform in the first place, but there are ways of getting secondhand ones.
I spend most of my schooling having a uniform (except for a year and a half in grade 7/8). I'm personally a fan of uniforms, but I think that too strict enforcement is often too much.
In high school we had specific rules regarding when we could wear jumpers, and regarding our top buttons and tabs. I don't think it's ridiculous to ask a student to tuck in their shirt, but I think that being unable to wear a jumper to and from school unless you're wearing your blazer as well is a little bit ridiculous.
Having been brought up in Europe, we didn't wear uniforms to school and got to choose our own outfits. It was a bit of a shock to the system when we arrived in Australia and I had to wear a uniform. But I quickly got used to it and it made me feel part of the school , rather than being an outsider.
I think uniforms are a good idea, as it takes the pressure off parents of having to buy the latest trendy outfits.
I think it does take the pressure off kids wanting to look trendy all the time, and supposedly it stops people who aren't supposed to be on the school grounds from wandering in and selling drugs to kids (though that clearly doesn't work in many high schools). However, I think sometimes schools go too far with policing conformity. I really don't see what difference it makes to anybody if kids want to dye their hair or wear jewellery to school. At my school we had kids sent to get changed for minor infractions having a small logo on their socks, which seems like a huge waste of time and energy. Also, I hear that some private schools punish girls for being seen eating in school uniform on the way home, which seems like a relic from a previous century.
It is great to be able to wear what you want, however wearing a uniform helps kids instil discipline. It helps them appreciate dress codes in working life. Looking back, you did not mind wearing a uniform at school. It is great to be able to wear what I want now instead.
Uniform every time.
I have seen and also heard how in the States there is competitive attitude to wear the latest fashion, and it has become a problem.
Mainly for the parents....who have to buy the right clothes, and right shoes.
How do they cope with the expense?
I personally do not know how they cope!!!
A uniform, brings about a even playing field, so everyone is equal.
Yes, they should wear a uniform for both primary and secondary school:1) we know which school they attend:2) we don't need to worry about what to wear like colours, pants, skirts etc. 3) no fashion competition.