Hmm, must be getting more indecisive - can't decide on this one: Uniforms and House Systems for all in school reform.
On the one hand, I like the "community" spirit that a House system can bring, but on the other, I don't think that using a points system to motivate poeple to participate is perhaps the best for education. Personally, I was somewhat into house points in my (small) primary school, but didn't particularly care about them at my (larger) secondary school, and I have a feeling that children have many factors other than house points to "rate" their "popularity", especially among peers rather than academically.
The almost-enforced rule of uniforms instinctively smacks of front-line conformism (and I still think uniforms are more military than education), but then on the other hand, fashion counts for so much among many children these days. And adults, for that matter. And so a "set" uniform may avoid that, at least in school time.
Apparently the house system works, but I daresay that much of the success is extremely dependent on the context - the pupils, the teachers, and the attitudes of all.
Hmm. Is it better or worse to look to more short-term, easier-to-implement, easier-to-measure solutions to problems? Or is there still hope that we can instill a culture of long-term stability in all that we do?