School Uniforms Should Be Mandatory

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School Uniforms Should be Mandatory

“Mom, I have nothing to wear to school,” says the student getting ready for school. We have all been in the situation where we just do not have enough time to do laundry every day. I propose that all school should make uniforms mandatory for each and every student. Even though students might lose some of their individuality, schools should make uniforms mandatory because it will save the parents money and reduce violence/gang affiliation. Some say that a child in a school uniform is more likely to take school seriously. Putting on the school uniform signals he or she is going to school just like dad/mom dresses up to go to work.

The only disadvantage is that uniforms make students feel that they are losing their sense of individuality. A student’s personality and intelligence have more individuality than anything they wear. Individuality can never be lost. Parents who believe that their child could lose their individuality by wearing a uniform are sadly mistaken. Much of what students perceive as unique styles are a part of a larger niche, which is not very different from uniforms. Besides, school hours should be for learning and expressing individuality through your schoolwork not through your clothes.

Another benefit, especially in these economic times, is the money parents will save. Parents are pressured into buying trendy clothes for their children every season, year after year. The average cost for a year’s worth of new outfits for children is $100 per month, which averages about $1,100 for the school year. According to a website called, “the average cost for a year’s worth of uniforms ranged from $110 to $140” (Summer, 2007). School uniforms will not only save money for parents but also reduce the gang affiliation within the school.

"If it means teenagers will stop killing each other over de-signer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require students to wear school uniforms,” Bill...
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