December 6 2007
In all schools over the United States students are fighting over clothing. Some children have no respect for themselves when it comes to what they are wearing. They dress like it is a night club or like they are out on a nice sunny day at the beach. This is not appealing to everyone. This is one reason why many schools have gone to school dress codes or uniforms. Dress codes help prevent fighting, many unwanted distraction, and embarrassing moments for students. Uniforms also help decrease the number of thieves in school. In Long Beach, California the school district has made it mandatory for all kids in k-8 grade to wear school dress codes. Fifty-six elementary school and 14 middle schools were involved in this mandatory school uniform policy that was set in the fall of 1994. A year after the uniform policy was set the assault and battery cases dropped 34 percent, physical fights dropped 51 percent, and school suspensions rate dropped 32 percent (Portner21). Many children who cannot afford the nicer things in life often steal to have them. It can also help with children not falling into peer pressure from their friends. They can concentrate more on their school work and not on everyone else. One advantage to having school dress codes is allowing teacher and facility to identify an intruder. Even though people do not understand dress codes, they help stop many types of violence, academic distraction, and racial comments in all schools; therefore, I think that school should emplace dress codes to help our children. Even though some fights are over a boy or girl, some are over having nice things, or even how someone cannot afford to have the privilege of the nicer things in life. Many students do not think about how people are different in all ways. Some people work hard their whole life and have nothing to show for it, while others have everything to show for it. When...