Education and Individuality

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Tien Duong
Professor Grimland
English 1302
21 October 2010
Paper #2: Individuality
Individuality is the particularly character, or aggregate of qualities, that distinguishes one person or thing from others; sole and personal nature. Everyone has the right to individuality and express one’s personality. We all make personal choices which create the unique character that we carry. Therefore, if public school system enforces students to wear school uniforms, it infringes on our rights and is a wrong use of authority. So why should school districts try to make students look the same?  Individuality is the way a person expresses their personality to others. Using contradictions in a sensitizing concept in the article “School Uniforms in Post-Scarcity Japan”, Tamura Yuichi identifies that “several emerging cultural themes such as individuality and human fights that became incongruent with the uniformity of student appearance prescribed by dress codes. This Japanese case study suggests that in times of post-scarcity in which economic affluence permits wide participation in the culture of individualism and consumerism, a new educational paradigm that emphasizes individuality emerges, and schools' management of youth lifestyles may shift toward deregulation and permissiveness.” Many opponents contend that school uniforms do not work well due to the infringement of freedom of speech for young adolescents. Many school districts in the US concern over the school’s ability to respect individual differences for all young people. Educators argue that an academic program encourages students to pursue individual thought is more important than what they wear. Most of them conquer creativity and self expression, forcing students to adapt.   Each and every one of these students should be able to feel free to wear whatever they wish to wear rather than preventing them from expressing themselves in any way they would like. It could be by fashion, personality, creativity, or...
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