Every school is in essence a learning environment. That which aids learning is acceptable, and that which hinders it should be unacceptable. Add to this the fears of school violence and student safety and you can see why many school boards are calling for school uniforms. In this article we will look at school uniforms and the potential benefits and problems associated with school uniforms along with legal issues and whether they are in fact truly effective. School Uniforms Defined
School uniforms range from the formal to the informal. Some schools that have implemented school uniforms have chosen what one usually thinks of in connection to Catholic schools: nice pants and white shirts for boys, jumpers and white shirts for girls. However, most public schools are turning to something more casual and more acceptable to parents and students: khakis or jeans and knit shirts of varying colors. The latter appear to be more affordable too because they can be used outside of school. Many school districts that have implemented school uniforms have provided some sort of financial assistance for families that can not afford the extra expense. Potential Benefits of School Uniforms
•Preventing gang colors, etc. in schools
•Decreasing violence and theft because of clothing and shoes •Instilling discipline among students
•Reducing need for administrators and teachers to be 'clothes police' (for example, determining whether shorts are too short, etc.) •Reducing distractions for students
•Instilling a sense of community
•Helping schools recognize those who do not belong on campus
The question of whether children should wear a uniform to school always makes for a lively debate, and not only among students! In some countries school uniform is normal and most schools make their...