Donal G Matheny
ENGL 1120, Section 5E
23 October 2011
The School Uniform Argument
In our schools today, there are problems that take the focus off education and make it more difficult for a student to learn. These problems include ridicule and discrimination, violence, expense, distractions, fashion extremes, and the formation of cliques. School uniforms can eliminate the problems that arise and distract students from the main focus of school, their education. With the implementation of school uniforms, personal image, focus on education, school and personal safety, and economic impact will be augmented. Students must be able to feel a sense of security with their personal image. School uniforms eliminate social status in the classroom and all kids are the same, with their true selves being unchained by the clothing that they wear. All kids will fit in because they will all look alike and this will eliminate student focus on creating and maintaining their societal cliques according to different styles of dress. Every student will be dressed in a pre-planned school uniform and that will save time for the student who will be well dressed every day. They will know what to wear and not have to worry if their clothes won't make them look right in the eyes of others because everyone will be wearing the same thing. The extremes of fashion will be eliminated causing less stress for parents and school administrators. For example, it will eliminate the gothic look, grunge, super baggy clothing, and the wearing of overly revealing clothing. Many students feel left out if they don’t have trendy clothes. Some students are bullied because what they wear is not in style. If a school system has uniform policy, the students will feel happier and safer; according to a recent article in the Weekly Reader Magazine. There will be more of an emphasis on the individual person rather than that of external dressing. The less affluent will not be able to be...
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