Uniform: reflection and repression

ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago - Visaya - The Freeman

School is the cornerstone of a person's life. When they put on a vibrant school uniform, every student that attends is more enthusiastic. A respectable and appealing school uniform considerably promotes uniformity, belongingness, and equality among students, regardless of class, sector, religion, region, economic stratum, or nationality.

Students who wear suitable school uniforms are better able to resist peer pressure. Students will be too preoccupied comparing each other's clothing to concentrate on learning if the school allows them to wear whatever they choose. They will be distracted from their studies and the learning environment in the school will be disrupted. Additionally, parents will experience pressure from their kids to buy a certain brand of clothes, especially for teenage students, school uniforms reduce peer pressure and rivalry over stylish attire.

I remember that switching out the students’ school uniforms may be difficult at times when I worked as a faculty in a high school. Difficulty was more in the possibility that the design or color may resemble to some other uniforms than in the difficulty of the school and parents adjusting to anything new. It is a possibility of resemblance in style or color to a prominent corporate uniform, a well-known brand or organization, or worse, a tablecloth.

When selecting a uniform's style and color, there are numerous factors to take into account. It ought to be representative of the school's color as well as more abstract ideas like the institution's objectives and desired public image.

We cannot settle on the uniform's style and color in a hurry since doing so would cause years of discomfort for children who would be associated with specific uniforms.

And this is especially the case with the new social media sensation --a photo of students wearing what appears to be a convenience store uniform. The photo has gone viral. Following the aforementioned photo's online publication on a particular college's website, the university took action to remove it. This action was followed by student outcry and a show of support for TomasinoWeb, UST's official digital media organization. This episode has brought attention to the continuous battle for press freedom in higher education settings as well as the vital role that student publications play in promoting an environment that values free speech and critical thought.

This provides a clearer, more comprehensive view. This also highlights the issue of campus repression, which entails investigating the ways in which academic freedom, student activism, and free speech may be restricted or suppressed in universities and colleges. This can involve prohibiting specific viewpoints, limiting the scope of rallies and demonstrations, and taking punitive action against people or organizations that disagree with the existing quo.

A critical examination of campus repression should take into account a number of important factors, such as the power dynamics inside institutions, how administrators and governing bodies shape campus regulations, and how repression affects marginalized or dissident voices.

The latest incident is indicative of the kind of academic climate that values freedom as an ideal but implements other rules in the real world. Students facing two challenges on this particular topic are the college owners' and administrators' suppression of their democratic rights and enduring a generalized atmosphere of fear.

An institution can only go along the path of more oppressive measures if it has made the commitment to silence the voice of opposition. Only then can it become a source of horror for all of its citizens and foster a community where everyone lives in fear.

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