For some years now, parents, local politicians, the school board, and about every high school student has been debating over something so small to the public but a major issue to the students. Well, all the controversy is about school uniforms and if high school students should be required to wear them. Because of their low cost, business casual appearance, and means of reducing distraction of the learning process, as a high school graduate, I feel school uniforms contribute positively to the learning environment.
Many educators do not believe in the positive outcomes of uniforms. They believe it is theory that uniforms will improve behavior and social outcomes because “in reality, they don’t”. (KIDS) One of their thought against uniforms is that uniforms teach children that in order to get along everyone must fit to the same standards. Dressing every student the same gives a false idea that everyone is at the same economic level. Instead, students should be able to notice the difference of social classes in their school, and be able to get along with anyone. Another idea is that uniforms interfere with students’ rights for self-expression and limits them to different knowledge. With uniforms, a student is not able to express what their personality and likes. Also, students who choose their own clothing each school day learn to adapt to shifting social standards and learn skills that will serve them well as adults.
“When they prepare for their first college visits, job interviews, internships or promotions, they will need to know how to make appropriate choices and uniforms do not facilitate this, according to a 2007 article published on the Fresno Pacific University website. After all, uniforms provide a cookie-cutter, conformist solution, while workplaces and social situations demand diverse standards, according to the Fresno Pacific University website. In addition, teens forge independence by living with the consequences of trial and error,...
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