May 8, 2011
Educational Debate Persuasive Paper
Are uniforms a good way to improve students discipline and motivation? No, I do not believe uniforms improve a students discipline behavior or nor do it motivate them to go to school. When have you ever heard a child say I can not wait to wear my new uniform to school? I never heard a child be happy to wear a uniform to school. As a child I did not have to wear a uniform from the time I attended school, or until I graduated from high school. As a parent of three daughters I feel that discipline starts at home with the parents. If the parents teach and enforce discipline to a child at an early age, then the child will learn it. Just as teaching a child how to motivate themselves to want to go to school and do what they are suppose to do. So making a child to wear a uniform to school is not going to motivate them if they do not want to wear it. In today’s schools system uniforms is not the problem that the students are having, it actually contributes to the problem. If a school has set guidelines about the dress code for their school and they enforce them .Then there would not be a problem because the students and parents would be informed what the student can and can not wear. As a parent of three daughters my children had the option to wear their regular clothes and to wear a uniform. So did wearing a uniform make them happy? No, it did not nor did it help with motivate them to want to go to school. Did it affect how they were taught about discipline? No, it did not! Now my oldest daughter is a junior in high school, and she had to wear a uniform since she has attended school. Is she happy that she has to wear a uniform to school? No, she is not happy at all, she always expresses how much she dislikes wearing a uniform. Does it help her with discipline or motivate her to want to go to school? No, it did not, because she was taught at and young age to be respectful. To go to school and get and education so that she can be what ever she wants to be. Did the school teach her that? No, it was taught to her by her single parent at home. Now my two youngest daughters did not have to wear uniforms until three years ago. So I ask the question again. Are they happy to wear a uniform to school? No, they want to wear their girly pretty clothes. Does wearing a uniform help them with discipline or motivate them? No, actually since my daughters had to wear uniforms I had to discipline them more than before. Because they always changing or taking their uniform off. They always ask why can’t they wear their regular clothes. I work at a school that goes from Pre – K 3 to eighth grade; I took a poll from two hundred students ranging from first grade to eighth grade. The question I asked the students was do you think wearing a uniform makes you a better person, and does it motivate you to come to school? The outcome I received from the first and second graders was that they did not like to wear a uniform because they are ugly and they do not fit right. Half of the Third and fourth graders said yes, because they do not have a lot of clothes at home. But the other half said no, because they want to wear their own clothes, because they are cute and pretty. The fifth to eighth graders said no, because they can not express themselves because the uniforms are to plain and do not have enough colors. Also when they take school pictures everybody looks the same. They also feel that wearing a uniform take away from their personality. Some of them said that they wish they could stay home because they do not want to wear a uniform. While listening to how the students feel, I did not here not one student say it help them with discipline or motivation? In my research I found that wearing uniforms has become a big issue. But what about teaching education to our children and getting them ready for...