Students, parents give input on school uniforms
The board also heard from parents and students who were in attendance.
One parent, who has a freshman at LHS, said implementing uniforms was a “fabulous idea.”
Some people had questions, but the board reminded them they were only forming a committee to discuss the issues.
Also in attendance were students and parents speaking out against uniforms.
Robert Beilin said, “I’m against uniforms. I don’t see any improvement in the curriculum, education. It hasn’t made our Army smarter, the prisons smarter. It hasn’t made individuals less individual. They adapt uniforms. They cut them, they change them, and they shorten them.”
Beilin said he worked in the penitentiary for more than 21 years.
“They have uniforms. There is more violence in the prison than ever. It hasn’t helped,” he said.
He said the school had an excellent disciplinarian process.
“I was very impressed by the on-campus suspension. I think it should be, parents should be notified immediately and should be held responsible for sending their child to school in inappropriate clothing,” Beilin said.
When someone finds a job, Beilin said most jobs do not require a uniform.
For places of employment requiring uniforms Beilin said people change the uniform standards.
“I think you are going to have the same problem if you force them to wear a uniform,” he said.
In addition, he said, there will still be people required to make them wear the uniform and follow the standards.
President Hal Meadows responded to Beilin’s statement about uniforms not making a difference.
Meadows said there are very good studies about schools that have uniforms and the studies showed marked improvement in behavior and in test scores.
He said something happens to people when they dress up and it is why the high school is looking into uniforms.
For the full story, see the Sept. 19 Lassen County Times.
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