. Today we will discuss about school uniforms in the Netherlands. Should they be required at schools or not? I would like to hear from both parties whether they are favor or against. ‘ PvdA begint met het zeggen van dat ze voor zijn. Jinte – Amy Amy: Jinte and I are from the PvdA and we are favor because we think that everyone should be equal. PVV staat daarna op en zeggen dat ze tegen zijn. Carmen – Julëtte Carmen: Juliëtte and I are from the PVV and we are against because we think that everyone should show who they are and what they like. School uniforms make that almost impossible. Amy: ‘… Should there be school uniforms in the Netherlands or not? Let the debate begin.‘
Jinte ‘staat op’: Yes
I think that Having all students wear the same uniform helps create a sense that you belong somewhere and maintain a good school either by culture or spirit . And by showing that the expects an even higher standard, expectations are soon raised and students will usually respond with a better, more mature, behavior.
| Carmen ’staat op’: No
I do not agree because school uniforms hamper original thinking in students. Everyone says that uniforms make students equal which will cause less bulling but has anyone ever thought about people who are forced to wear certain items, such as a head scarf, to school. They will be pulled out of school at an earlier age if they do not follow the family's religious beliefs. Not only that, all kids should be given the freedom to chose what they like rather than wearing what they do not like. We all have a right to individuality, to make personal choices and to express our personality. This right of free expression includes the way we choose to dress. Making everyone wear the same school uniform infringes on (goes against) our rights and is a misuse of authority.
| Jinte: Do school uniforms help to scrap social inequalities?
| Amy: Yes
Only a few inner-city schools have had problems with children wearing “gang colours”. Many of these have got rid of the problem not by introducing uniform, but by simply having a dress code which bans such gang clothes and symbols. In fact, uniform boosts a “gang state of mind” by marking children out and dividing students from different schools against each other. This can increase conflict between young people outside school, leading to bullying and violence.
| Juliëtte: No
Uniform is a social leveller - it makes all the children at a school equal no matter what their family background or income. If students can choose their own clothes, then the rich kids compete to show off their expensive designer labels and costly sneakers (trainers). Children from poorer families get picked on for not being able to afford lots of pricey outfits. Schools in the USA have used uniform to overcome the problem of students wearing “gang colours” if they were allowed to choose their own clothes. Clothes with particular colours or symbols marked rival groups of students out as linked to street gangs. This often led to fighting inside and outside the classroom. If everyone has to wear the same clothes to school, this problem is removed.
| Amy: Do school uniforms improve children's' results?
There is no good evidence that links school uniform to improved results. A few schools in the USA reported better test scores after they started having uniform, but most of these made other changes to the running of the school which could have helped instead. Studies looking at lots of schools, with and without uniform, have not found any link between what children wear and school results.
| Jinte: Yes
Schools with uniforms obtain better educational results. This is because there is better discipline and so the school setting makes learning easier. Without the distraction of checking out what all the other students are wearing (or how much flesh they are showing), students find it easier to concentrate and do better in tests.
| Carmen: Are the uniforms...
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