The argument seems to run that good schools have uniforms / formal aspects: therefore the goodness of the schools must be a function of the dress of the pupils and the formal relation with teachers. (It may also be that the proponents of such a view have memories of their own formal schooling and the relative quality of the experience – but the principle is the same).
It looks here – to me – like a good old-fashioned causal fallacy. Without evidence that the uniforms and formal means of address have a causal connection to the behaviour / attainment of pupils – the connection could surely be either coincidental, or both could be the effects of some other, third cause…
Now – I was schooled in the 70s and 80s, and have, possibly as a result of liberal social conditioning, a deep aversion to school uniforms: but when I raise this in classes – my students all seem in favour of them – as do the parents of many of those at the same schools as my children: what’s going on in the world?
Is school uniform really a good thing? Why? Can anyone tell me good reasons for it?