Public School Uniforms And Public Schools

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Public Schools Mandatory Uniforms
The debate about public school uniforms in America is an issue that has been around for a very long time. This issue was even mentioned by President Bill Clinton in a previous State of the Union address in 1996. In his 1996 State of the Union Address, President Clinton decreed,” I challenge all of our schools to teach character education, to teach good values and good citizenship and if it means that teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms” (Clinton 1996). Public schools requiring mandatory uniforms for their students are a major topic as it deals with moral and economic concerns about how
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School uniforms would remove the friction between students that do not wear the style clothes that fit in with their peers. Students that cannot wear competitive designer clothing will, in the name of competition, be considered a loser and no student wants to be considered a loser just because they cannot afford expensive designer clothing.
The cost of the uniform depends upon what type of uniform is required. There are many programs to assist students with financial requirements of purchasing a uniform. Parents that are frustrated over the cost of clothes can upset a student making them dwell on what they can’t have and how they will be treated at school because of their parent’s decision. A uniform would therefore reduce the overall stress Helen Woods responds, “Research studies included in this research shows that parents have opinions favoring a uniform dress code with the two foremost reasons being…, and the expense that they can save on school clothes” (Woods 1992). Designer clothes can cost a small fortune while on the other hand, a simple school uniform can be cost substantially less. When purchasing a uniform the parent should choose one that is not only affordable but also easy and inexpensive to maintain. Programs should be available that offer a small allowance for financially unstable families so that they are able to wash and maintain their uniforms. Many different styles of uniform styles are available based on the economic level of
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