Uniform argument ties in with pupils' skewing the rules
Michael Coyle asks why many schools insist on uniforms, and he lists some reasons in order to dismiss them (May 21). Like him, I used to question their point, too; years of experience have now given me the answer.
Ironically, the purpose of uniforms is the precise one he sees as being the strongest argument against them - "picking on pleasant pupils whose school tie is slightly askew". A uniform allows perfectly pleasant pupils to rebel against the rules in a simple, non-threatening, easily remediable way.
Without a tie policy to subvert, a pupil who wishes to rebel must do so in another way. I, too, used to feel that it was mere nit-picking to ask for shirts to be tucked in (or out, depending on the school), especially as the student would then re-adjust their dress as soon as I was gone - but, in fact, that is the whole point.
To work properly, however, the whole staff must be strict (and polite) about it. I trust that Mr Coyle will at least consider this the next time he sees a tie askew.
Andrew Mulholland, Balormie Place, Lossiemouth.