Professor Tito Aznar
16 April, 2013
Benefits of School Uniforms
School violence has long been an issue in schools around the world. School violence does not limit to physical attacks or bullying, but also to theft and vandalism. Groups have always formed into cliques. The popular people, the jocks, the drama or computer geeks all flock to each other because that is where they feel accepted. As the saying goes, “Jealousy is the root of all evil.” There will always be someone who longs for another’s belongings: especially in schools. Name brand clothing and shoes define the social status of certain groups which make less fortunate peers jealous. This is one of many reasons why students bully and steal from each other. Could there be a way to decrease this problem? School officials must recognize that a change should be made to end violence and bring students together. Changing school dress codes to uniforms could significantly reduce violence. Gang members will not be able to show colors or obscene symbols. Baggy pants and large clothing will be prohibited. With the recent school shootings around the nation, school administrators should take as much precaution as possible. Safety should be the most important priority. With a uniform dress code, the possibility of hiding a weapon in baggy pants will decrease as shirts will be neatly tucked in to their pants. Also, there will no longer be a difference in social or economic status among students. Instead, students will be identified by their names, not what they are wearing. Schools in Oklahoma City, Ok have already implemented this change. According to the deputy superintendent, “As a district, we should have a standard uniform policy so all kids, regardless of schools, have the same expectations.” (KFOR) Another advantage of school uniforms are the cost benefits. According to statisticbrain.com, the average annual cost for school uniforms is only $249.00. The average cost for a pair...
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