Make-a-List Monday: School uniforms

MPs last seen wearing their school uniforms.

Kevin Andrew McCarthy Collins
Irma Yolanda Gamez
Yamaira Vivian Montes-Gonzalez
Cesilia Pena
Stephanie Marie Pinero Morales

Strange that four of the five should be Hispanic. Are Hispanic children more likely to attend parochial schools?

7 thoughts on “Make-a-List Monday: School uniforms

  1. Bela March 3, 2014 / 1:27 am

    Not necessarily. Depending on where they attended school, the fact that they were wearing uniforms isn’t necessarily indicative of a parochial/private school. I see two of the girls on the list are from Puerto Rico. I can’t speak for how it is there now, but at least as of the 80s when I had family there, the public school kids (at least in some areas) wore uniforms too. I live in the New Orleans area and all the public schools in ours and surrounding districts have uniforms. The uniform described for the girl from Texas sounds as if it could be a public school uniform. Khaki or navy bottoms and a white collar shirt is common for public schools with uniform requirements. My son’s half siblings attend public school in Texas and wear uniforms. Though I’m not sure how common that is in Texas. My kids attended school there for a while when we were evacuated after Katrina and their schools didn’t require uniforms.

  2. Keelie March 3, 2014 / 3:22 am

    Yes…parochial schools are Catholic schools and most Hispanics are Catholic. They seem to prefer parochial schools. I’m not Hispanic but I am Catholic and if my child had lived, I would have sent her there (keeping in mind the stories about the priests that is!!). A little TMI there…sorry!!

    • Meaghan March 4, 2014 / 3:09 pm

      My boyfriend’s Mexican and he attended parochial school up until the eighth grade. Why he didn’t go to a parochial high school I don’t know; perhaps his parents couldn’t afford it. He went to the local public HS, where his dad was the Spanish teacher.

  3. danielle March 3, 2014 / 2:48 pm

    In my area, Hispanics were uniforms to Catholic school (near by) b/c the majority of the Hispancs are MY area. Also, some of the worst schools have uniforms to keep certain colors or “who has money and who doesn’t” or the school’s explaination is so the kids will concentrate of school not other students. Not a bad idea.

  4. chris March 3, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    Almost all schools in Puerto Rico require uniform.

  5. Diane March 6, 2014 / 6:01 am

    I’m of Mexican descent and I attended Catholic schools from pre-k straight through to 12th grade (and graduated from a single-gender HS). My parents had the exact same educational background. I would’ve been scandalized had you told me you knew of a Catholic school where the students DON’T wear uniforms, and remember that for a long time after graduating from HS I found it very difficult to dress myself in “regular” dress every day. Uniforms really help you out early in the morning when you’re bleary-eyed and your mind’s still half asleep, because they save you from having to agonize on what to wear to school.

    I can tell you that my parents were educated in Catholic schools because they provided the best possible education for them in their neighborhood (they were raised just blocks from each other and went to the same grade school — in fact, they knew each other since kinder/1st grade) at a price that their parents could manage (though not without great sacrifice). Dad did work his way through high school, but felt it was necessary so that he could get the kind of education he felt he needed. My parents also sacrificed to put me through school, though because we were blue collar and my mom and dad were raised in near-poverty it wasn’t nearly the kind of sacrifice their parents (my grandparents) made. I too went to Catholic grade school because that was the best possible education in my neighborhood and at a non-exorbitant price, though I continued on to Catholic HS in spite of the fact that we’d moved by then to a solidly middle-class neighborhood with a good public HS in its catchment area.

    My HS was a difficult one to get through because of the savage social situation, but I will never regret going there because I got an incredibly good education there AND I got the opportunity to go to school with girls from all across the city. The problem with public schools is that it isolates your social experiences to only those people who live in your neighborhood; you only get exposed to the people in your income bracket and you only have the same ethnic makeup as is evident in your zip code. My HS was a lot more diverse than that and was comprised of both the kinds of girls whose families survived on food stamps and lived in ramshackle housing, and the kinds of girls who lived in exclusive neighborhoods and regularly went on winter skiing vacations in Vail, CO. I plan on sending my future children to Catholic schools because I believe in them so much.

    Oh, and as for why so many Latinos attend Catholic schools — well, the answer is simple: a phenomenally high percentage of Latinos are Catholic and raised as such in a way where Catholicism pretty much becomes their ethnicity. As such, it’s seen as a good idea to educate their children in parochial/diocesan schools. Also, an awful lot of Latinos live in poor or working class/blue collar neighborhoods where the public schools are of a dismal quality. Inevitably, though, there will also be at least one Catholic school situated either in or in a neighboring neighborhood; those schools pretty much always provide a top-notch education and have tuition rates that those families can afford. Or, if that’s not the case, there are other ways of paying for that education, from grants provided by charities and/or parishioners to discounted tuition rates to scholarships (mostly in the high schools — I had one that was effective throughout my freshman year). Or the family might find ways of making that education affordable, as my parents’ and my families did. (In my case, my parents and I didn’t take many vacations when I was growing up, my dad would often pick up overtime at work, my mom would sometimes go into work on Saturdays, we’d have months where we’d go without cable, I was expected to take extremely good care of my stuff so it would all last a very long time, etc.)

    (Sorry! I could go on and on about this topic.)

  6. Paisley March 6, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    Hi Meaghan,

    For a future “Make-a-List Monday” would you consider a list of missing people who were known to be in the military?

    (I realize I should send you an e-mail, but I tried through the Contact section, and I’m just getting a message that my e-mail isn’t set up properly. Until I sort that out, I’m just going the easy route…).

    Thanks !

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