Dressing for Success?
Dress Code Persuasive Essay
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Today's society is built upon the values of freedom, independence and the rights of man. The freedom of expression and the basic rights that were fought for are taken away by strict school dress codes or mandatory school uniforms. Everyone should have the freedom to wear what makes them comfortable. The choices in clothing and accessories can increase self-esteem. Clothing choices can also bring awareness to a particular voice of opinion as well as making it a statement of fitting in with a crowd because the need to be a part of something is a basic need for all humans especially school aged children and teens.
When thinking of letting students wear their choice of clothing versus school uniforms the debate continues for both sides. After researching some of those debates I found the case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School where the court said that a student's freedom of expression in school must be protected unless it would seriously interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline. The clothing we wear is an expression of our independence and right to express ourselves for who we are. School uniforms will do nothing but cut down on a student's individuality. Therefore choice in daily wear is not only our expression of self but a little taste of independence and ultimately increasing student confidence and grades in school.
Many people say that uniforms or strict dress codes help develop the discipline of the student. This could not be further from the truth. School uniforms only create more rules for a student to follow, taking away from the primary function of school: education. School is about education, social and academic, and uniforms or strict dress codes do not encourage a learning...
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* Jefferson, Thomas. Declaration of Independence, 1776
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* Broken Arrow Public Schools website www.ba.k12.ok.us “Student Dress Code”
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