Date: Saturday, May 30th 2015
Participants (from 11 countries):
China: Angie, Sky, Alina | Bangladesh: Himalay, Mohammad | Pakistan: Laiba | India: Sunita | USA: Rick | Vietnam: Kelly | Philippines: Lala | Egypt: Alamah | Brazil: Leandro | Iran: Ami | Tunisia: Marwa
Team A: (Yes) Angie, Himalay, Laiba, Mohammad, Sunita
Team B: (No) Rick, Kelly, Lala
Team C: (On the fence) Alamah, Sky, Leandro, Alina, Ami
Team A summary:
- Wearing uniforms may give students a sense of belonging.
- Wearing uniforms will make a student think about School reputation and provokes awareness when they are in public wearing them.
- Some parents cannot afford to spend money on many clothes for their children, therefore, uniforms are an effective solution.
- Same clothing (uniform) help to solve the issue of social status discrimination.
- Wearing uniforms prevents students to think about what to wear the next day or how to look better which causes students not to concentrate on their studies.
- Uniforms can make parents save money on children’s clothing.
- Wearing uniforms prepare students mentally and by custom for their adult working lives to avoid thinking in showing off fashion wise.
- Some schools have a better education system and a student from that school may feel proud to belong to a very good level school.
Team B summary:
- School uniforms represent an additional cost.
- Some schools uniforms are as expensive as high brand clothing and many parents cannot afford to buy them.
- Most students relate uniforms with status or difference of some kind and provoke discrimination against students from other schools.
- As long as the student performs well at school, whatever they wear is not important.
- It is ok to be part of the School but there is nothing wrong to express yourself as an individual.
- Wearing uniforms suppress students’ self-expression because it tells students what they should wear (Skirt for girls, Pants and tie for boys) and reinforce gender bias in schools environment.
- With some limitations, students shall be allowed to wear what they want as long as they don’t intentionally provoke retaliations from others.
- Somehow, enforcing students to wear uniforms keep them from being creative and diminishes the ability to think for themselves, especially at very young age.
- Wearing neither uniform will not necessarily make the student a good or a bad student.
- Sometimes, small things as choosing what to wear matters.
- As for promoting respect through the uniform, students should respect other students regardless of what they wear.
Team C summary:
- Alina: voted for team A
- Leandro: voted for team B
- Alamah: left early.
- Sky: left early.
To break the tie, the moderator was requested to give her vote:
Marwa: voted for team B
Therefore, team B won. Thanks everyone for participating!
There was a bonus chat after the debate and the topic was:
- Five adjectives that describe your best day.
Below are the links to listen to our chat:
For people who did not join the live discussion, feel free to contribute the ideas in the comment blanks below.