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. 2. Potential Benefits of School Uniforms
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
3. Potential problems of School Uniforms
Students and parents argue that uniforms violate their freedom of expression (see below for more about what the Supreme Court has to say on this)
Parents raise concerns about the cost .
Note that all of the following were from middle schools. In Long Beach, officials found that the year after their mandatory program with parental opt-out was implemented, overall school crime decreased by 36%. In Seattle, Washington, which has a mandatory policy with an opt-out saw a decrease in truancy and tardies. PRO 1
School uniforms would save parents money.
School uniforms would save parents time. Kids in the morning would not have to make up their minds on what to wear. PRO 3
Kids who's parents would not or could not buy them the newest fad, would not be embarrassed or harassed because of their cloths. PRO 4
Kids social standing would be based more on individual character and less on their clothing style PRO 5
Lots of gangs use cloths to identify themselves and other gangs. CON 7
School Uniforms are expensive and have no use out side of school. CON 8
School uniforms will do nothing but cut down on a students individuality. A uniform is not the way to cut down...
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