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Opening Arguments

Attention, Wal-Mart shoppers

Every time a school district decides to adopt a school-uniform policy, there is a story quoting somebody or other worrying about how it will affect all the poor people. A couple of years ago, I made the gentle point that even poor parents have to buy clothes for their kids, and uniforms are not usually designed to be extravagant. A school board member merely starts with that observation and then unloads:

A little more than a week ago, the Osceola County School District decided to implement school uniforms. Since then, he says parents have complained saying they can't afford the new clothing.  He disagreed with parents and fired off an email to them saying:

"Everyone can afford Wal-Mart and if they cant they need to think about turning of their cable TV or stop buying alcohol or cigarettes and spend their money on their children."

Whew, way to go; put the blame where it belongs. Almost everything schools do these days that distracts them from their education mission is aimed at the one thing they can't really fix -- making up for what parents should be doing but aren't.

Posted in: Current Affairs


Bob G.
Tue, 04/29/2008 - 8:17am

Sounds like that school district has read a page or two from the:
"Sheriff Joe Arpaio Guide to Political Correctness".

It's not the "popular" thing...telling people what they don't WANT to hear, but telling them what they NEED to hear benefits everyone.

Wonder how that would work in Ft. Wayne?


tim zank
Tue, 04/29/2008 - 8:30am

BG...it would fall on deaf ears!! It wreaks of "common sense".

Harl Delos
Tue, 04/29/2008 - 1:04pm

Lawsy knows, yo' cain't learn unless'n yo' wearin' de' right clothes.

Tue, 04/29/2008 - 5:53pm

I guess those uniforms get in the way of gang colors. FWCS would never approve such a change!

A J Bogle
Wed, 04/30/2008 - 7:25am

This is exactly what we do we eliminate extravagences, don't have cable and so forth to send our kids to a quality parochial school. I like the uniform concept and agree it diminishes the distractions of fashion pressures.

With that said however, school uniforms are usually MORE money than just regular old clothes. Apparently some of you folks have not had to buy them or know how much they actually cost, even at Walmart.

And the trouble with buying them at Walmart, is they do not always have all the sizes or approved colors you might need. Penney's usually has a better selection and the better quality stuff. We also go online to buy to save a little money on them as well.