School Uniforms

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School Uniforms

School uniforms are not anything new. The idea of having uniformity in school is appealing to most educators and parents. On the other hand, to other students and parents, the idea of not being able to express ones’ self is just wrong. I must say, personally I agree with the students and parents against school uniforms. Take for example high school. High school is usually a time where young children or teens begin to distinguish themselves from one another. Students begin to develop their own sense of personal style, desperately trying to both fit in and stand out simultaneously. Being self-conscious and often lacking the confidence needed to stand up for themselves. Teens are forced to use clothing and outward appearance as the means to express this type of individuality. This is why students should not be forced to wear uniforms to school. According to the article, “School Uniforms Growing in Favor in California,” spokesman Dick Van Der Laan of Long Beach United School District believes that wearing everyday clothes are “….unofficial uniform of intimidation.” I do not find this statement to be true. In this article, it talks about how gangs are intimidating young students and school is for schoolwork. Well here is an actual fact. Regardless of what you put on teens, there will always be a way of tweaking the system. For example, at Westbrook Senior High School in Beaumont, Texas, one of the requirements the school enforced is when a female wears a skirt, it must not be any shorter than her longest finger with her arms straight to her side. The school believed this would help students focus more on the school work in front of them rather than the girl in the mini-skirt sharpening her pencil. Did this work? No! The females would pull their skirts down when it was time to be “inspected” by the teacher, as soon as they were done, or the teachers’ head turned, the girls would pull that skirt right back up. Freedom of expression is a big part...
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