Dress Codes and School Uniforms Essay

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Dress Codes and School Uniforms


The ringing of the alarm clock that is placed conveniently beside your bed wakes you. The sound startles your brain into getting out of your warm, cozy bed. It is time to go to school. You must wake up now in order to make it on time. If you are late again, your teacher will probably give you that nasty look of dismissal. What are you going to wear?

Is this a dilemma you face each morning? Do you have trouble wanting to get out of your bed, and then you are faced with the troubling question of what cool, clean, unwrinkled outfit you should wear that day? Do you think your life would be easier if you could just throw on a uniform? This way you might not have to think so hard in the morning, right after
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In Long Beach, there has been a major decrease of violence and discipline since 1994 ("Fact Sheet On School Uniforms," 2001). Proponents believe that school uniforms have been a major contribution to this decrease.

What is the purpose of a school uniform? Where did this idea come from? Whether to wear a uniform or not has been a major debate for decades. The idea has been debated since the 1980's and was an issue when candidates ran for president in the 1990's. "Parochial and private schools have a long history of using school uniforms to project an atmosphere of uniformity, pride, loyalty, and equality among the student population" ("Educational Schools Uniforms," 1997).

There are some purposes suggested by proponents of school uniforms. Since the Columbine High School tragedy, "school leaders have been grasping at any policy that could contribute to a more civil, safe and tolerant school environment" (Marchant, 1999). If every student in a school wore the same type of clothing, it would be easy for school officials to detect an intruder. This could possibly decrease violence and theft from outside the student body.

Gangs have become a large problem in areas of the United States. Teenagers are initiated into these groups when they are younger than ever before. Parents and teachers want to stop the gang activity, starting with cutting down on gang colors and insignia on…