Debate on School Uniforms

1191 Words Dec 4th, 2007 5 Pages
However, most public schools are turning to something more casual and more acceptable to parents and students: khakis or jeans and knit shirts of varying colors. The latter appear to be more affordable too because they can be used outside of school. Many school districts that have implemented school uniforms have provided some sort of financial assistance for families that can not afford the extra expense.
2. Potential Benefits of School Uniforms
• Decreasing violence and theft because of clothing and shoes
• Instilling discipline among students
• Reducing need for administrators and teachers to be 'clothes police' (for example, determining whether shorts are too short, etc.)
• Reducing distractions for students
• Instilling a
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Students are made to feel as if they are a part of a team by wearing a uniform. School climate is improved considerably because kids perceive that they fit in because they look like everybody else If students were dressed in uniforms, there would also not be the distraction of revealing clothing that often appears in the hallways of our public schools Too many students are preoccupied with how they look and what they wear, rather than their studies. Schools have become a stage for the latest fashion parade, deflecting away the attention from learning and achieving educational goals
School uniforms can create a sense of togetherness in a school building. The gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots" is narrowed due to uniforms School uniforms can be purchased at one-third the cost of most school outfits that are purchased in department stores. Three school uniforms can be purchased for under a hundred dollars. Uniforms promote a "down to business" atmosphere because kids view them as work clothes rather than play clothes. "I don't really think that they're going to act better because of what you're wearing. You're still the same person inside. You're just wearing something different."
Economic distinctions are part of the fabric of our society, and they will not be unraveled by covering them with a uniform.
Critics of school uniforms also say that growing up through the adolescent years and experimenting with clothing is a normal,
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