of a mandatory public school uniform policy!
"Children should be educated and instructed in
the principles of freedom." ~ John Adams 1787
A mandatory public school uniform policy without an opt-out provision
or a dress code restricting the colors of clothing to a specific color scheme
is an abuse of power by public school authorities and unconstitutional.
I have written a book to assist parents and students to defend their right to not participate in a mandatory public school uniform policy. My book is not an argument against the mythical merits of a school uniform. It contains my explanation why a mandatory public school uniform policy, without an opt-out provision, for any reason, violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
My book, Gainsay: Speaking Out Against Public School Uniforms,
is available for only $6.00. At that price, there is very little profit. The book is not about making money. It was written to help parents and students defend their constitutional rights. You can review and order my book by clicking on the book cover below:
Gainsay contains the following information:
The History and Problems of a Public School Uniform
The Public School Uniform and the
First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
A Summary of Reasons the Public School Uniform is Unconstitutional
Blue Jeans in Public School
Private School Uniforms
My Final Thoughts about Public School Uniforms
David L. Brunsma,
Ph.D. Professor of Sociology at
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) as of 9/5/2014
"The 'evidence' that has been invoked throughout this uniform movement has been... generalization after generalization from an ever-flowing stream of anecdote, with little to no critical thinking, and certainly no empirical investiga-tion. The movement can be categorized as one of anecdote versus evidence, fear versus rationality, the status quo versus social and educational change...
It should be clear by now that uniform policies are not effective in our public schools. ...[S]chool uniforms, as a policy and strategy, do not play a role in producing more parental involvement, increased preparedness, positive approaches toward learning, pro-school attitudes, a heightened feeling of school unity and safety, or positive school climates. Therefore, such a policy should not be discussed as increasing the educational atmosphere at any level of schooling."
The School Uniform Movement and What It Tells Us about American Education: A Symbolic Crusade, 2004
In America, the government cannot dictate to citizens
the color of clothing that should be worn when obtaining a
service from the government. Students are citizens and are
entitled to the protection of our Constitution,
which includes protection from the state itself. St. Paul, Minn. January 2002
U. S. District Judge Donovan Frank ruled that the school's
dress code was unconstitutional when a high school student
was ordered by his principal not to wear a sweatshirt with the
word "Straight Pride" on it. High School officials failed to
demonstrate that the shirt disrupted school activities.
"For a public school uniform policy to be legal, it has to have an opt-out provision. Every child in the country has the rightto a public school education, and that right cannot be conditioned upon compliance with a uniform policy. Some parents and children will have religious objections to uniforms. Others won't want to participate for aesthetic reasons."
~ Loren Siegel, ACLU, March 1996 It is amazing that in America some public school students cannot wear the following clothes to school:
The school uniform movement
continues to grow despite research indicating that it doesn't
do what supporters of a school uniform policy say it does.
Research and facts trump opinion every time--read the facts about:
School Uniform Policies in Public Schools
by Professor David L. Brunsma, Ph. D., Sociology
"The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are
worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks." ~ Samuel Adams [(1722-1803) signer of the Declaration of Independence.]
"The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted
freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to."