Should Uniforms Be Mandatory In All Schools?
For most of my school going life, I have gone to private schools and had to wear uniforms. Now I attend a public high school and get to choose what I wear. I thought it would be “so cool” to get to pick out my own clothes, every day; but boy was I wrong. Now, I spend hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars on name brand clothes, arrive at school just in time every day, and only do about half of my homework so I can spend more time shopping and picking out clothes to wear. I never realized that those uniforms I hated so much were the best thing in my closet, until it was too late. Statistics show that schools that have uniform policies have a lower crime rate, students’ educational performance increases, students have less behavioral and less disciplinary problems, and students’ lives are over all credited from wearing uniforms.
School uniforms make schools safer. With each student wearing matching outfits, it makes it easier for school officials to identify non-students. Uniforms eliminate gang colors and decrease the number of exclusive cliques. If the kids wear uniforms they have a higher self esteem and don’t feel inferior to other kids. People opposing uniform policies say that uniforms take away a students sense of individuality, but if our kids today are defining themselves by what they wear instead of what’s on the inside, then we need to worry about things that are more important than what our kids are wearing to school. If students are required to wear uniforms, they learn to express themselves in other ways and creatively work fashion into the dress code by wearing headbands or buttons or a personalized backpack. “School uniforms are designed to help kids focus on algebra instead of high-tops; to make students compete for grades rather than jackets.” Students wearing uniforms are more focused in class and get better grades. Since students don’t have clothing as a...
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