In order to gain admission into this esteemed organisation, you must follow the strict decorum regarding the uniform. In order to survive in this esteemed organisation, you must accept that all attempts of innovation will be abhorred until overruled. You are a slave to a corporation you are legally required to attend until the age of 18 and pushed out into the real world. They spend five years convincing you that a biro is another adjective to describe the devil and you can’t wear more than 2 bracelets on your own wrist. Then after you’ve completed your sentence you’re unleashed into the real world where you realise that charm surpasses intelligence and capability is not determined by how much make-up you wear your face or the length of my skirt, which does make you question, what it was all for…?
I think entering the real world required a lot more experience than we were led to believe. I say this because the majority of school assembly’s often revolved around the length of skirts and the intricacy of eye make-up by a teacher twice the student’s actual age.
The reputation of a school is heavily associated with how pristine the uniform manages to come across. It often felt like schools use the uniform to cast attention away from their primary aim of educating future generations.
Maybe the constant references to uniform, prestige and presentation could be considered a cry for help from the British Education system itself? Are they scapegoating the fact that they do not have the means to actually educate us?
Or is it because the education system is being dictated and ultimately run by people that are really out of touch with the real world. We are often told to ‘dress for the job you want’ but the concept of uniform just leaves us looking like clones. A school is a place of learning, not policing 12-year-olds because they want to wear a flowery bow in their hair because Zoella bought one from the Primark. Instead, they are shamed and humiliated in the lunch hall when several members of staff walk around clutching on to Asda’s own baby wipes (and/or other brands of baby wipes) and picking out girls that are considered to be wearing too much make-up and expect her to remove her artwork whilst being shamed for it. Why do teachers immediately assume that the girl or person wearing ‘too’ much make-up must have low-esteem? Why is that the general conception?
Conversely, as an education system that prides itself on being valued in every country, why does an average school day consist of more yelling about the uniform than actual content teaching? It can’t just have been my school that herded us like cattle whilst being manufactured into identical robots? So when we finally reach our anti-climatic departure into the real world we realise that Carl Max was right all along, ‘Religion is the opium of society’ and fashion/makeup is the opium of high school.