Letters To Editor – Aug. 28, 2008

School Uniforms Not The Answer To Student Problems

Dear Editor:

This letter is in regards to the implementation of school uniforms.  I am a parent of a child within the school and a concerned citizen.   

In a recent article dated August 6, 2008 in the Oxford Eagle, it was reported that a petition submitted by 43 parents had been presented to the board requesting the uniforms be implemented in the school system.  

Currently, there are approximately 1,500 children enrolled within the school.  Those 43 parents only represent three percent of the student population.  It is my understanding that surveys were sent home with elementary students, high school student parents are to come by the school and pick up a survey.  

Why school uniforms?  I am NOT in agreement with the enforcement of school uniforms and have listed my concerns/objections below.

Uniforms are an unnecessary expense and can create an economic hardship for parents.  The median income for Water Valley is approximately $24,000 per year.  By enforcing school uniforms, parents will be buying basically at least two sets of clothes.  Let’s be realistic.  Children are not going to “play” in school uniforms.  The most common school uniforms are a khaki type pant/skirt and a pull over, polo type shirt.  

A seven-year-old is not going to play in the dirt, ride their bike or play video games wearing this type of attire, nor is a 15-year-old going to hang out with friends, chat on the internet, or go to a part time job in this type of attire.  

With the uncertain economic times we are faced with, do we really need or want to impose more expense on the parents in our school district.  The school has already implemented more fees to cover costs, why do you want to add additional expense.

Uniforms prevent the rights of self expression and individuality.  Again, let’s be realistic.  We are all different and you are not going to prevent cliques or gangs by implementing uniforms.  Whether we like it or not we are judged by our appearance.  Even if someone is wearing a uniform, ridicule may be inflicted such as someone making fun because the other person has braces, glasses, and an unusual physical feature.  It is not the school’s job to control socialization which is part of human nature.  If we do not prepare our children now how to deal with differences and diversity, they will not be able to get along side others in the real world with whom their personal tastes are totally different.  

Safety has been touted as reason for uniforms.  I beg to differ on that opinion.  It was cited in one of the above-mentioned  articles that if uniforms were in place it would be easier for school personnel to discern non students trying to “sneak” on campus.  If school uniforms are implemented, this is VERY public information and if someone REALLY wants to ‘sneak” on campus that information would be very easy to obtain and duplicate.  

All one would have to do is call school officials or just watch students to determine uniform.  Also, noted was the baggy pant issue and hiding dangerous items. I believe the current student handbook addresses the issue of baggy pants.   It is time that some of this responsibility is put back on the parents.  The handbook is sent home at the beginning of each school year and must be signed by a parent.  

The parent has been advised of these rules and agreed to ensure the student will abide.  If a student comes to school and is not in compliance with the dress code then the parent should be the one who has to come to the school bring appropriate attire.  After a few trips to the school, that parent might make sure that student comes to school dressed appropriately.  

    

Sincerely,

Rhonda Burchett

 

Gas Price Drop Welcome

Dear Editor:

    I know everybody is happy to see a small drop in gasoline prices. I certainly am and would be even happier if Water Valley dropped another 10 to 20 cents a gallon to match the prices of the adjoining areas. Even Bruce is a dime cheaper.

Joe Lowe

County Road 389

Water Valley

 

Youth League Thanks Season Supporters

Open Letter to Editor:

THANK YOU

  The Magnolia Youth League would like to thank all of the coaches, volunteers, and sponsors for this past summer’s baseball and softball season. As usual, it was another great year for baseball and softball and it would not be possible without the support of the parents, coaches, and sponsors.

  The Magnolia Youth League touches the lives of hundreds of children each year and it is only possible through your support. Thank you for making a difference.

    Sincerely,

  MYL Board of Directors

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