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School Uniforms:
Too Much or What We Need?

University of Phoenix

Many students today fear that the heart of a controversial issue involving school uniforms will become an issue in their school. Some educators feel as though school uniforms are actually the answer to keeping our schools safe, making our students happy, and making our schools a better learning center. Most students and some parents feel as though school uniforms will take away a student’s individuality, fear that they are too expensive, and think a student’s opinion should be considered. There are two very opposing sides on the issue of school uniforms, but for those that feel that students’ individuality is important for a child to become the best he or she can also believe that there can be some kind of compromise that wouldn’t cause students to lose their freedom. A school uniform is a set of standardized clothes that parents are asked to purchase and students wear for school. Private schools have already adopted the idea of school uniforms along with some schools in England and Australia. School uniforms are meant to be professional and neat. Some feel as though it gives students the feeling of a different atmosphere. The traditional uniform for boys consists of dark shorts (black or navy blue), or light khaki shorts and/or pants with a light colored shirt and sometimes a tie. Traditional uniforms for girls vary between different countries, different schools districts, and different school systems. The most common uniform consist of a blouse worn with either a dress or a skirt, normally dark colored also (Wikipedia, 2009). Depending on where you are, girls have the option to choose between shorts and pants or skirts and dresses. Most uniforms consist of white tennis shoes for boys and girls. Uniforms range for formal to informal. Most private schools are known to have very formal uniforms where as public schools are trying to have a more casual setting. Currently in the United States school uniforms are spreading in public school systems. Some cities are trying to have school uniforms in all of their public schools. Some examples of the cities standings are 95% of New Orleans’ public schools require uniforms, 85% of Cleveland’s public schools require uniforms, 80% of Chicago’s public schools require uniforms, 65% of Boston’s public schools require uniforms, 60% of Miami’s public schools require uniforms, 50% of Cincinnati’s public schools require uniforms (Education Bug, 2009). These different standings prove how widespread school uniforms are becoming. There are quite a few benefits to implementing school uniforms. The first benefit to schools uniforms would be the obvious subtraction of gang colors in schools. If school uniforms are implemented at a school students will no longer be able to associate themselves in gangs on school grounds. Another benefit that comes with school uniforms could be fewer distractions in the classroom, along with less violence due to clothing and/or apparel. A school district in Long Beach, California was the first district in the country to make uniforms mandatory for all students in its elementary and middle schools in 1994. The number of fights declined there by over 50 percent in the first year, but the number of fights in the neighboring Los Angeles also declined, although those schools in Los Angeles did not adopt a uniform policy (Olend, 2002). Some even believe that school uniforms can make test scores higher and even increase attendance. Notre Dame's Department of Sociology produced a study in 1998 concerning school uniforms. Their findings using 10th grade students showed that uniforms have no direct effect on "substance abuse, behavioral problems or attendance," (Kelly, 2009). Many teachers feel as though if all students are wearing the same thing they may be able to be more comfortable with themselves and have a higher sense of being. There will be no arguments about brands of clothing,...
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