To: UK Secretary of Education

End and Permanently Abolish School Uniforms in the United Kingdom

End and Permanently Abolish School Uniforms in the United Kingdom

Permanently cut and discontinue uniforms in all schools in the UK, never to be reinstated.

Make free dress for all students in all schools across the country an inalienable right.

Why is this important?

The abolition and eradication of such an artefact is paramount because of what it represents on a symbolic and psychological level. Contrary to the notion that it “equalises” all students and subjects, the cost comes at their individuality and their ability to think for themselves, as the actions and thoughts are performed for them by the superiors. They are also a personification of an authoritarian academic regime. Students are no longer seen as individuals and/or equals, but as subordinates. They are subjects, numbers, seen and not heard, and seldom understood. That is the symbolic and psychological influence prevalent and I urge all students who value their individuality – the qualities that make you who you are – not to succumb to this invisible bully.

Another major reason for the abolition of school uniforms is in the events of extreme weather (too hot or too cold), the students are helpless to lose or insulate body heat to remain more comfortable. Free dress in schools MUST be allowed. There are concerns that it may instigate sartorial competition – while this may be a remote possibility, it is preferable to having everybody dressed identically against their will, devoid of individuality and freedom to express themselves.

Cost is the third major reason, in addition to destroying both a symbol of oppression of the individual and a metaphor for subversion of free expression. The money spent on uniforms (which are overtly expensive in the long run) can be spent on decent clothing, not necessarily designer brands. Having lived through this regime, I have been branded as a miscreant and a heretic for my refusal to submit to traditional authoritarian teachings in this country, and I have witnessed no such behaviour on the European continent.

How it will be delivered

I plan to deliver the signatures in any way I can, whether it be online or in person.


Reasons for signing

  • school uniforms strip students of their individuality, which is a birth given right, it is wrong to give someone a right to do something but once they get to the age of five they are stripped of that and not given that right back until the age of sixteen. It stunts personal growth and development of new ideas and opinions and it needs to end.
  • I would feel really uncomfortable wearing a blazer and tights all day to work, and I don't even want to spend my lunchbreak playing football anymore!
  • Compulsory uniform in the state sector is blackmail. It does not exist in over 90% of the world's countries

Updates

2018-02-12 00:48:05 +0000

New petition here - please sign it:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/212545/sponsors/new?token=5HmI8pXZloJj8DfEq1nY

2018-01-25 22:55:38 +0000

I have written an open letter to the heads in this country (and recorded it) - if you wish to obtain a copy, then please email me.

2017-12-14 20:31:20 +0000

This article here is another reason why these accursed artifacts have to go - remember: Say Yes 2 Free School Dress.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/pupils-freeze-after-headteacher-bans-11680133?ICID=FB_mirror_main

2017-11-03 14:41:56 +0000

The "Yes 2 Free School Dress" movement now has a logo: https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/23154887_287213228350207_120072400234935405_o.png?oh=91bcecd2244856bdcde122740a781f43&oe=5A6A5095

2017-11-03 14:38:50 +0000

New video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqPZid_RFKk

2017-10-30 16:22:47 +0000

I'm about to send this petition to some newspapers to increase exposure - let's hope some good comes out of it, for all of our sakes.

2017-08-31 23:39:27 +0100

New hashtag: #Yes2FreeSchoolDress.

2017-08-29 21:54:01 +0100

I've got it - use the hashtag #aboleoornatus with this site's URL.

2017-08-29 21:51:20 +0100

350 signatures. Good. If anyone has any advice on how I can raise awareness of this, then please let me know.

2017-08-13 15:11:57 +0100

300 signatures have been reached! Keep going! Share my video if you must, but keep spreading the word... and don't buy the sartorial soul-stealing artifacts.

2017-07-31 19:25:17 +0100

The video is public as of now (it's been alternating between public and unlisted for some time). Please think twice before you share.

2017-07-19 20:36:49 +0100

I would like to make a video (with a speech to go with it), and I would like to use some of the comments here in my speech. If you give your permission, then please let me know.

2017-06-29 00:11:06 +0100

Here are some videos backing up and justifying my claims with logical and rational explanations and some articles I found on the Internet as evidence (in addition to my own personal experiences):

https://goo.gl/MLgpH3
https://goo.gl/hCzZuK (Skip to 6:30 if you don't want to see the rest of the video)

2017-05-10 22:40:22 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-05-07 22:32:00 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-05-06 17:58:16 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-03-27 22:12:43 +0100

10 signatures reached