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Pros and Cons of School Uniforms

  • Date Submitted: 07/23/2010 04:54 PM
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The Pros and cons of School Uniforms

According to the U.S. Department of Education, in 2007–08, about 18 percent of public school principals reported that their school required students to wear uniforms, also during this time approximately 55 percent of public school principals reported that their school enforced a strict dress code. There is a big debate of having school uniforms throughout the public school system. School uniforms would help the students focus on learning, keeping the violence rate down, and the looks of a uniform is much more classy.
Students would be able to focus more on their education if school uniforms were issued. There is a lot of pressure on kids to have clothes that are “in style” and popular. Most of the time these types of clothes are expensive name brands. This often distracts students, thus they worry more about what they are going to wear the next day instead of their homework.   Some students cannot afford these expensive clothes while others can, thus leaving an apparent gap between the less fortunate and the well off, often creating an insecurity among teenagers. Clothing also results in cliques, which are small group of people that share the same likes within the school. School uniforms stress that individuality and self-expression are not determined by designer clothing or the latest fashion fad. Cliques and expensive clothing leads to students getting bullied or teased.
Uniforms would eliminate most of the teasing and inferiority that goes on with in the school. Everyone would be wearing identical outfits, but in various colors. Due to many students getting mocked or teased for not wearing the trendy clothes, this factor of long standing negativity within the school system could be eliminated. When being teased about their clothing it lowers the student’s self-esteem, which can lead to worse violence, which we have unfortunately seen in our culture first hand. "School kids are usually ridiculed if they aren't wearing the...


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