Uniforms and Violence in Schools
Dress codes decrease school violence and improve learning. It is necessary for schools to provide a secure and obedient surrounding for students to learn. American values are the importance of unblemished rights and privileges as a citizen. With violence becoming more prominent in our schools, uniforms have become a direct and constructive reducer of mental or moral training problems. Uniforms have also created an increase of safety in schools. Uniforms have been worn only in private schools in the past, but discussion of implementing school uniforms into public schools has begun. School uniforms are being looked at as a way to improve the surroundings of learning students and a way to help students to be better achievers. When students wear uniforms in schools there are positive effects on safety and it raises the esteem of the educational surroundings. Dressing alike in schools deters the wearing of certain colors that can be interpreted as gang colors. Being allowed to wear baggy pants in schools makes it easy to carry weapons onto school grounds. School “uniforms are attributed to decreasing behavior problems by: increasing attendance, lowering suspension rates, and decreasing substance abuse among students” (Gurskey, 1996, p. 46). Students have an increase in spirit, self-esteem, and a feeling of being a part of a group when uniforms are worn in schools (Thomas et al, 1992, 1994). School uniforms will help lighten any stress on students to fit into a certain group. There will be no competition with fashion and everyone will feel equal. Those who oppose the idea of school uniforms bring up the concerns of “uniforms being a legal violation of individual rights” (Thomas, 1994: Virginia State Department of Education, 1992, p. 10). Implementing mandatory uniforms in schools will allow students to express themselves in other ways, such as art, music, communication and letting their true personalities to show....
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