learning how to dress should be part of the education of all young adults. When I left boarding school I had very few of my own clothes. All those years of wearing the required garb meant there was never really a necessity for me to learn how to dress or put together practical or appropriate outfits. After I left school it took me a long time to learn how to mix and match my clothes, and I certainly did not have what fashion stores like to call “the basics.” Furthermore, I think uniforms are restrictive. Schools are learning environments. We ask our children to stretch their minds, to be creative and analytical when it comes to academia, so why make them conform when it comes to the way they dress? If students are uniformed, they cannot experiment and express their personalities. Schools should give their students guidelines as to what is acceptable and what is not, but allow them to be individuals. Only then will they be able to grow into mature adults who are confident in their choice of clothes.
JEBSEN SERVES ON THE BOARD OF THE GERMAN SWISS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AND IS A PASSIONATE PROPONENT OF EDUCATION