Essay about Not a Magic Solution to School Problems

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Not a Magic Solution to School Problems


School uniform policies are often referred to as a Band-Aid solution. They help hide more serious problems at the school by giving the school a nice look. Surveys of students and teachers show that in general people believe a well-dressed person is more intelligent and better behaved. Politicians like the look of school uniforms; many of them support this cause until the schools ask for more money. Uniforms are often implemented in schools that are overcrowded and have lower test scores. Many administrators think uniform create school pride; some even say that school pride increases test scores. There is a large amount of propaganda available about school uniforms; however, few articles
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All professionals wear uniforms; thus, people associate a uniform with authority and knowledge. Prodigy Online polled its users to find out how well the general public supports mandatory school uniforms. The results concluded a sixty-six percent support for school uniforms; thirty percent opposed uniforms (Collie). There are many reasons why people supported uniform policies. Some people like uniforms because they wore them as children. Others like uniforms because they create the appearance that everyone is from a privileged background. In inner city schools, students and non-students can easily be located.

Before schools implement uniform policies, the cost to families must be considered. Generally parents like school uniforms because they are relatively inexpensive. Cost range from thirty dollars to 150 dollars each depending on quality and quantity. This cost appears very reasonable. Some school even offer to deter costs for the less fortunate families. The uniforms are made very durable, but most children outgrow the uniforms before they wear them out. The thirty-dollar uniforms include a shirt only; the most expensive include nice slacks and a button down shirt. Unlike private school uniforms, none of the public schools include jackets in the price of the uniforms. I don’t understand why schools would mandate shirts only for uniforms. All schools I know of that require uniforms require dark slacks and a white (or other school color) shirt.

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