To: UK Secretary of Education
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.