In recent years we have heard about the following, in Detroit a 15 year-old boy was shot for a pair of $86 basketball shoes. In Fort Lauderdale, a 15 year-old student was robbed of his jewelry. In Oxon Hill, MD, a 17 year-old honor student was killed at a bus stop, caught in the cross fire during the robbery of another student's designer jacket.(1) Not only has stylish clothing of today cost parents a lot of money, it is now starting to cost them their children. Former President Bill Clinton went so far as to say in a State of the Union address that public schools should be allowed to require uniforms if it would mean "teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets."(1) President Clinton even went as far as to have The Education Secretary, Richard Riley, distribute a guide that takes schools step-by-step on how to set up a uniform policy on a voluntary basis. Dr. Reginald Wilson, senior scholar at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. said that "uniforms would help discourage violence because students won't have a need to fight over who looks better or want to cause harm in an attempt to take another student's trendy clothes." From the surveys that I've looked at, I am inclined to believe that wearing uniforms make quite a bit of difference in how people behave. I've read that violence has gone down in schools with dress codes and have been impressed by the difference."(1) As the years have gone by the prices of clothing have gone up so much... [continues]
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