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

  • Uniforms should only be worn by prisoners. Not workers because a sense of freedom when it comes to fashion has shown to increase productivity.
  • It causes nothing but competition amoung shops, they know you'll have to buy uniform so they try and make as much money as possible. Is this the world we want to live in? Where's the children's democracy? Disgusting.
  • Adults have the freedom to wear whatever they like, so why don't children? They should have the right to dye their hair or get piercings if they want to! Why do children (apparently) have no say in what THEY want to wear. Adults shouldn't decide what children should wear- the children should! They know what they want to wear, so let them!

Updates

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