School Uniforms

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If you have ever walked into a public school you would see something very important - individuality. In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary individuality is defined as, “ the sum of qualities that characterize and distinguish an individual from all others. Mandating students to wear school uniforms takes away from their freedom of expression.”

Many believe that one of the advantages to school uniforms is that all students would be recognized as equals and that there would be less of a division between peers. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines uniform as not varying; and distinctive dress worn by members of a particular group. As uniform is defined, it is not individualism; rather it is a form of taking student's identity away. On average, a teenager usually spends 30 minutes to an hour a day finding something to wear to express who they are or the mood they are in. Teenagers are usually worried about what they will wear to school each day, as they feel that their wardrobe defines who they are as people. For example, if a teenager wants to show the world that he loves Jesus, then he or she might wear a T-shirt that states a positive view on the subject. Similarly, a student might want to wear green colored clothing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. School uniforms would destroy both of these instances of freedom and even more. Just as it is with every group of people, there is going to be a few people who strive to be noticed by others. If uniforms are enforced, the students can no longer express themselves through their clothes. Therefore, they will find new ways to let their true feelings shine through. Piercings, weird hair, and dramatic make-up will become more popular. Students will still find a way to judge their peers. No matter what students wear they will still find a way to judge everyone. They could judge people by: hair style, hair color, height, weight, accessories. Making students wear the same clothes will not change what they think...
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