From the Big 10 Tournament Men’s Basketball 2023 Purdue Boilermakers Champions Shirt but in fact I love this school’s point of view, the big advantage is that you can spot your own kids quickly and easily whenever you’ve taken a party of them off-site. Loads of kids all around from half a dozen schools, and two of your lot have wandered off — but at least you can pick them out easily in a crowd. It’s a considerable safety factor. Look, it’s simple, inexpensive, practical and well accepted. Just leave us alone to do things our way, would you, please? No-one is trying to insist that children in other countries have to do this — not even in Norway! Edit: I notice that someone else claims that school uniforms are “expensive and impractical,” which was the standard claim 50 years ago. There was some truth to it then, and possibly still is at very expensive independent schools even now – I couldn’t comment on that. But these days, most schools have very simple, uncomplicated uniforms, typically involving open-necked polo shirts, sweatshirts and a grey skirt or pair of trousers, or checked dresses in the summer as an option for little girls, all of it machine washable and all of it available for very little at any decent supermarket. And even at slightly more formal secondary schools, such as my old school, where blazers and ties are still worn, everything but the pocket badge and the tie will be available at the supermarket, and even the blazers go in the washing machine!