EXTRA TEXT, topic “school” LEVEL: easy Bavarian „Englisch Grundkurs Abitur” 2001
Whatever happened to school uniform? In the 1960s and 70s it seemed to be on its way out. But then something happened. Britain pulled back from total abolition. Today that group of scruffy adolescents at the school gates will - more likely than not - be wearing variants on the same basic blue, black or green dress code.
of the rest of the world would probably see Britain's school uniforms as an
anachronism - so why have many schools voted to retain them? “They appeal to
parents,” says Malory Wober of the University of Michigan. “Uniform
represents order and the majority of British parents still want that from
schools.” Among headteachers the argument is often put that uniform reduces
competitiveness between fashion-conscious people and obscures the differences
between rich and poor children.
teenagers like the challenge of a uniform. One head said: “When I think of the
efforts they go to to subvert the rules I think it's almost an essential part of
From: The Times Educational Supplement, 14 January 2000
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