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Uniforms Are Better

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Uniforms are better

An ongoing controversy in American Education is school uniforms. Proponents argue that school uniforms encourage discipline, help students resist peer pressure to buy trendy clothes, help identify intruders in school, diminish economic and social barriers between students, and increase a sense of belonging and school pride. On the other hand, the opponents contend believe school uniforms violate the right to freedom of expression, make students a target for bullies from other schools, are a financial burden for poor families, and are difficult to enforce in public schools. Mark Twain once remarked, “Clothes make the man.”   Can school clothes really make you change the way you present yourself in school? On one hand, some people believe that uniforms allow students to respect one another and take school more seriously, and also to reduce crime and help with security issues. On the other hand some people raise the question about uniforms conflicting with one’s self expression. All in all it comes down to the real question: Are uniforms better?
Proponents of school uniforms argue that among other benefits, school uniforms can make schools safer, improve attendance, and raise academic achievement. A 2005 study indicates that some high school uniforms in Ohio may have improved graduation and attendance rates. Former President Clinton said in his March 1996 speech: “"If it means that the school rooms will be more orderly and more disciplined, and that our young people will learn to evaluate themselves by what they are on the inside, instead of what they're wearing on the outside, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms." Propenents have observed that the adoption of school uniforms create safer schools, improve discipline, and enhance the learning environment. There have been several successful programs applied during the past few years, with the Long Beach, California program being by far the most widely...


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