Pros and Cons of School Uniforms

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There is an ongoing debate over whether or not schools should require uniforms based on the advantages and disadvantages they impose on students, parents, educators, and the school. School uniforms diminish the amount of discipline problems that occur at school, however, they are more expensive for families, especially for those families who have low incomes.

The greatest advantage of schools requiring uniforms is that they greatly diminish the amount of discipline problems that occur in school. Grace Chen, educational researcher and writer, agrees that schools should require all students to participate in wearing uniforms. She said, “according to the Long Beach School District, within one year after implementation of uniforms, the fights and muggings decreased by 50%, while committed sexual offenses were reduced by 74%.” Hannah Boyd, associate at Jones Day Law Practices, is also a supporter of school uniforms. She believes, “uniforms prevent gang members from wearing gang colors and insignia to school, and make it easier for security to spot intruders.” According to research done by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, in 2008, 10% of all public schools had accepted some type of school uniform policy. (Chen)

The greatest disadvantage of schools requiring uniforms is that they are more expensive for families, especially for those who have low incomes. Even though some schools will provide each student with their first uniform, the uniform policies still put stress on the parents’ finances. After the school gives the students their first uniform the parents will be responsible to provide the other sets and they must replace any lost, damaged or stolen items. Jayashree Pakhare, a post graduate and freelance writer, is completely against schools requiring uniforms. She says, “Uniforms may be cheaper than branded or designer clothing, but they are no way cheaper than street clothing.” Pakhare also says, “Along with school uniforms, you need...
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