Persuasive Essay On School Uniforms

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The age old argument of whether or not uniforms and dress codes should be enforced in schools seems to never conclude. The issue of appropriate clothing in schools is controversial and provoking. Many argue that abolishing a student’s choice in their attire violates their freedom of expression. Students use what they wear to express themselves; their clothing gives them a sense of a unique style and identity. Others argue that permitting students to wear whatever clothing they like can create unnecessary distraction and competition in schools. Above all, both sides of the spectrum provide compelling arguments to support their case. The uniform is viewed as a symbol of school pride, as well as professionalism. The school uniforms give…show more content…
This makes the school routine in the mornings nearly effortless. A dress code enforces a set of regulations regarding what students are permitted to wear to school. Dress codes have been established in order to ensure that students dress appropriately for school, which is considered by many to be a professional environment. Dress codes have become a prevalent topic of conversation in recent years, due to their strict and occasionally ridiculous restrictions. For example, in March 2014 a third-grader in Colorado, who shaved her head to show solidarity with a friend going through cancer treatment, was suspended for one day. She was suspended, because she was in violation of her school’s dress code (Summers & Seidel, 2014). Dress codes have come under fire for their gender bias. An informal survey conducted by Juana Summers and Aly Seidel found that dress code rules are more strict towards women than men. Women’s attire is the main area of focus when it comes to dress codes. At a high school in Ocala, Florida, an elaborate slideshow was made to show students what was appropriate to wear for their prom night. Prom dresses were the primary focal point of the presentation. Nothing about the men's attire was mentioned in the slideshow (Summers & Seidel, 2014). Likewise, in Spring Independent School District near Houston, Texas, a long list of rules was given to girls about the length, back line, torsos,

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