Developing our project , we have exchanged pictures and also a video conference with Italian school. What surprised me at first was the uniforms that children wear and the similarity to that we (Greek pupils) had used to wear years ago. This educational policy in Greek Public schools abolished in early eighties.
Indeed the debate about school Uniforms never stoped and nowadays is a flaming issue in many countries.
As I have read in news papers in July 2008 Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini proposed the re-introduction of grembiule in publich schools, promting a debate on the Italian press.
After a small inquiry in Greek news papers I found articles about the issue that reaproach the extreme style of pupils in secondary education which tens to be in some cases provocative. (Το ΒΗΜΑ, 26/08/2001 , Σελ.: A36Κωδικός άρθρου: B13348A361 ID: 238238)
In The Journal of Education Research (Volume 92, Number 1, Sept./Oct. 1998, pp. 53-62) a study about the Effects of Student Uniforms on Attendance, Behavior Problems, Substance Abuse, and Academic Achievement, the authors found a negative effect of uniforms on student academic achievement. Uniform policies may indirectly affect school environments and student outcomes by providing a visible and public symbol of commitment to school improvement and reform.
In literature, Poet and children writer Gianni Rodari, used to describe adults’ life as “a school without grembiule and school desk” (la scuola dei grandi)
From my school life , I remember that I hated wearing my uniform quite 10 years but after reading the lovely poem of Gianni Rodari I remember my uniform with nostalgia !