School Uniform Policies Within School Systems Essay

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Over the last decade, the debate over the implementation of school uniform policies in school systems has been seen widely across the United States The decision of uniforms being implanted in school systems is based off the state or the individual schools policy. The school either can make uniforms mandatory or voluntary. Schools have policies that convey the expectation of acceptable appearance, such as going to school in a properly dressed manner. In 1996 the percent of schools that had uniforms was 3%. As a result of this low number, President Clinton and the Department of Education encouraged the belief that uniforms make “schoolrooms more orderly [and] more disciplined”.(Gentile) This caused a substantial growth in school systems enforcing uniforms that the number went up to 15%. Schools that have uniforms believe “they eliminate a source of distraction and differences among students, reducing conflicts, bullying, ostracism and crime”. Uniforms also raise students ' self esteem and pride in the school community”.(Gentile) By enforcing uniforms, they can cause students to prioritize in their academics rather than trying to fit in with society’s expectations. While there are schools that have benefited from the use of uniforms but there are still some who don’t believe in them. The schools that don’t implement uniforms believe uniforms disobey the infringement of the first amendment right. These schools believe uniforms restrict students from showing their true
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