School Uniforms

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Eureka Monette
Writing I
Argument Essay
19 February 2013
School Uniforms
School is a place to learn, not to flaunt fashion, wealth, or privilege. Unfortunately as it stands now kids spend so much time being stressed out about popularity and social standing that they hardly have the energy to learn anything valuable. Personally, I think school uniforms should be adopted whether it’s a public school or a private school. The reason I think this is because I believe there would be less bullying since no one could judge you by what you wear. Secondly, wearing a school uniform are convenient for students, and it takes less time for them to pick out what they are going to wear. Lastly, parents would save a lot of money because they wouldn’t have to buy the name brand clothing that their child wants. One of the biggest concerns in schools these days is bullying. Students are harassed physically, verbally, and socially by their peers. Often, the cause of bullying stems from people being different for not wearing the “right” clothes. If someone looks richer, most people feel like they have a higher social status or more power. To the contrary, uniforms allow children to learn on a more level playing field as far as image and dress is concerned, with less judgment about clothing choices, brands of clothing, or physical appearance. Marian Wilde notes that President Clinton provided momentum to the school uniform movement when he said in his 1996 State of the Union speech, “If wearing an uniform means that the school rooms will be more orderly and more disciplined, and that our young people will learn to evaluate themselves by what they are on the inside, instead of what they’re wearing on the outside, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms” (Wilde). According to David Brunsma’s The School Uniform Movement and What It Tells Us about American Education: A Symbolic Crusade: By the end of the 1996-1997 school years the media had...
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