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Mrs. Weger
English 4
10 March 2013
Pros and Cons of School Uniforms
Many people wonder if required uniform really have an impact on students in school. The use of school uniforms in schools has been a controversial matter ever since Long Beach Unified School District first introduced and required them back in 1994 (Jet). May statistics have proved that schools that require school uniforms in their dress code policy improved in many different aspects, but some believe that these requirements hinder these students in development later on in his or her lifetime. The pros and cons in usage of school uniforms pertain to certain aspects such as: students' behavior, academics, rights, and finances for them.

Surprisingly, there has been an extreme amount of violent acts simply over clothing and accessories. A student from Detroit was shot for his shoes, and another student in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was robbed for his jewelry (Jet). With these shocking revelations, many schools converted to requiring school uniforms in hopes of preventing any such violent acts. Long Beach Unified School District, the very first school to necessitate school uniforms in the United States had an unbelievable fifty percent decline in violence within only a year after specifying the students' attire in the dress code policy (Jet).

After other schools from all across the United States joined the school uniforms bandwagon, school faculty members and researchers noticed a sense of confirmation in individual students among each other. The president of the D.C. Congress of Parents and Teachers, Thriftone V. Jones, stated, "Clothes breed jealously because people will want what another has. If everyone is dressed alike, they will feel equal, and it will help children focus on their studies better." Along with that statement he claimed that uniforms would produce positive results since everyone is dressed alike and there would not be any unnecessary envy toward another student (Jet). With...
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