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In Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, it is often private schools that require the uniform, although some public schools are also following suit. In France, the gown was compulsory in all schools before 1968. Now, only a few schools require pupils to wear a uniform.

It is in Japan and South Korea that the uniform is most present since almost all schools impose one.

Source: Wikipedia

What do students think about wearing the uniform at school?


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Consult current affairs articles to familiarize yourself with the subject;
- Extract arguments from press articles;
- Individually find arguments on a subject of debate;
- Express your opinion on the subject.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: What exactly is going on?

As a first activity, invite your students to learn about some of the international news surrounding the wearing of school uniforms.
School uniform supporters
Video report, 2min22. Report devoted to the debate launched around the adoption of the uniform in primary school. 
For or against: wearing a school uniform
(Brest local educational project) The article is dated, but it is interesting to learn about the point of view of two people, one against and the other for. At the end, we find the reactions of the readers, interesting to dissect.
Russia: the return of the school uniform against the Islamic veil
(RFI) Russia is reintroducing the wearing of the uniform at school. The practice, which was in effect during Soviet times, was stopped with the fall of the USSR in 1991.
Suggestions: group viewing or listening, reading aloud, reading individually or in a small group followed by a summary to the rest of the class, etc. Then ask the students to verbally summarize what they saw, heard, or read.

ACTIVITY 2: Let's argue!

Have students search newspapers or the Internet for other newspaper articles, more or less recent, that deal with this topic.
Then, individually or in small groups, they should brainstorm and complete these pro arguments, and then do the same with the con arguments.
They could then write down all the arguments and their opinion on the topic in a table or in a diagram.

ACTIVITY 3: Let's talk

Ask two volunteer students to debate face to face in front of the class. Everyone will take a different position on the issue. Everyone will be able to speak for 5 minutes presenting their arguments.
The other students will follow the discussion by taking notes to supplement the ideas they have found in the first activity. Once the debate is over, the pupils will be able to contribute ideas that were not raised during the debate.
The activity can continue with a whole class debate on the question.

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