Mandatory Uniforms In Schools

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Did you know uniforms have little to no academic value towards the children who wear them? The East Stroudsburg School District should not adopt a mandatory uniform policy. It is a degrading act and destroys our children's inner sense of individuality. To start this policy would be demeaning due to the fact that some convicted felons have a more varied choice of clothing then them. In some prisons located inside New York inmates have the choice to wear a T-Shirt. Wearing a uniform will allow kids to develop the mindset that everyone will look alike while in reality, we are all very diverse. This could possibly make it harder to accept someone dressed differently than them. In adulthood that mindset can lead to their very downfall.…show more content…
A child’s attire can very much express who they are and with uniform it restricts that ability. That is a direct violation of their first amendment which states “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …” Their ninth amendment as legal US citizens says “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” This means even though some of their basic liberties aren’t stated in the Bill of Rights this doesn’t mean they can still be taken from them; in this case the right to wear what they want in a respective manner.
Most importantly, wearing a uniforms has been proven to host little to no academic advantages. I came from a failing school district which enforced a mandatory uniform policy. It was embarrassing and depressing to know that some of my friends in other school districts were receiving a better education in addition to being able to wear what they want. “A 1999 Texas Southern University study found that school discipline incidents rose by about 12% after the introduction of uniforms.” It appears the same thing that school officials claim benefits students has a negative impact on them.
It is unnecessary for the East Stroudsburg School District to adopt a mandatory uniform policy. America spends an average of $1 billion on school uniforms which could be used for more important issues. Why should we force our child to wear something that most despise, this makes us the thing we tell them to stand up to - A
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