I be­lieve

Hong Kong Tatler - - The Great Debate -

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

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