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are fairly common in England,
Britain in general. In fact, they have even become more common in
years, as some schools have reintroduced them. But in all schools, both
teachers and pupils gave different views on the question –
probably they always will do. Freeway-on-line
students at a girls-only high school in the middle of England, where
students except those in year 12 are obliged to wear a uniform.
Well I think they're
a good idea, because you don't have to decide what to wear in the
You just get up and put your uniform on. You don't have to think "Oh
what am I going to wear today?" So I think they're a good idea. There's
no competition either between the girls and
you from other schools! Like our uniform's totally different to the
uniform, it's a lot stricter. It just makes you stand out. It makes you
look like a community, rather than just normal people, if you know what
No I didn't mean
it like that! Just like everyday people on the street, that aren't at
You can tell that you're still at school, in education. I think it
really smart as well, and then we get a lot of people sayin' how nice
Don't you think
though that by wearing a certain uniform, the people who see you,
going to identify you with the school, and have a stereotypical
about you. It's like people think about skinheads; they all dress the
if they want to belong to that group, and people immediately think
all going to be hooligans, but it's not necessarily true.
You don't necessarily
lose your own individuality
a uniform; there's still something special about yourself as a person.
Just because you're wearing the same things, it doesn't make you all
same; it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Don't worry about
thing about uniform though; even if everybody wears exactly the same,
all going to look different, because the same uniform isn't going to suit
everybody. Therefore people who are a bit overweight
or whatever, get ragged
about it something
rotten; I mean they do in this school,
because our uniform
is so unflattering
for anybody who's
a bit chubby!
I think people should
have the chance to be individual when they wear clothes... It's like
being forced to conform to something we don't want to do. Now we're in
the sixth form, we don't have to wear uniform; but I can remember in
first year, second year, even if you like just stepped out of line
by wearing different coloured socks than what you were supposed to,
really came down on you. It was really bad. They seemed really piggy
I think that by
putting us all in the same uniform, they're somehow trying to suppress
our own identities; and they're saying like "oh we all have to look the
same, we all have to think the same." That's how it seemed to me lower
down the school anyway.
I think, um...
I came from primary school, and we didn't have to wear a uniform there;
and coming to secondary school and wearing a uniform, I don't know, I
enjoyed it, I used to be proud of it, of wearing it. But I think, yeah,
there are faults in it, but I think there are the advantages as well!
I think that here
sometimes, more emphasis
on the uniform, rather than our work; for instance, I got caught once
Mrs. Parker lower down the school, for wearing a too short skirt! And
been after me ever since! So there you go! I prefer it now that we
have to wear a uniform, but in actual fact, I didn't really mind
it lower down the school...
* The Glede: another
school in the same town.
- distinguishes you: shows
you are different -
emphasis: accent, importance - individuality:
- overweight: too heavy - piggy:
- ragged: teased, made fun of - something
in a bad way - unflattering:
they do not make you look good
- whatever: anything -
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Fast Food, OK ?
Find these words in the dialogue,
and explain what they mean in the context:
|a. stand out
|| c. stereotypical
|| f. worry
|g. to suit
|| i. step out of line
come down on you
|| l. suppress
|m. been after me
||n. So there
should sum up the point
of view of Rachel, Anita, Sarah, Emma and Katie.
For and against: Imagine
that the principal of your school has decided that from the start of
school year, uniform will be recommended for all pupils in your school:
a) decide what uniform you would like to have (strict, flexible, style,
etc.), and b) Write an article in English for your local newspaper,
why the decision has been made, and the different points of view that
been expressed on the subject of uniforms.
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