Should Students Wear Uniforms?

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Are Uniforms the Answer?
There is a continuous debate about whether or not grade school students should have to wear uniforms. There isn’t really a definitive answer, since either side could argue valid points. Benefits and disadvantages could stem from both arguments.

People who argue that students should wear uniforms, do so for a variety of different reasons. One big reason is because having a school uniform stops gangs from wearing their colors, which in turn decreases violence. We all want to stop the violence in our schools, but are uniforms really the answer? Another reason is that uniforms could help students be less judgmental of others and focus more on the internal aspects of one another. Also, people claim that uniforms could help break down the socioeconomic walls that clothes can sometimes help create.

As I said earlier, both sides have valid points. I do partially agree with some of the points that people who argue for school uniforms make. Could uniforms help decrease violence, especially involving gangs? Sure. But let’s be honest, do you really think that gang violence would stop just because everyone is wearing the same thing? Ultimately, gangs would find new ways to represent themselves. Also, humans are instinctively judgmental beings. Everyone, in some way or another, assumes things about other people. It isn’t just clothes that we judge people by. Sometimes we tend to judge people by the way they talk, or even something as simple as the color of their skin. However, I do agree that a uniform could give students one less thing to be judgmental about.

Personally, I do not believe that students should be obligated to wear uniforms. First and foremost, I think that uniforms take away a student’s freedom of expression. Having freedom of expression is important to an adolescent, especially at a time when they are trying to find themselves. This day in age, you can tell a lot about a person by the way that way that they dress. Not...
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