School Uniforms And The American Civil Liberties Union Of Nevada

1053 Words Nov 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Traditionally favored by charter and private schools, and institutions of the like, school uniforms are being introduced to public schools at an increasing rate. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to express oneself; The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada states that having a choice in clothing is “…Crucial form of self-expression.” The ACLU also argues that “allowing students to choose their clothing is an empowering message from the schools that a student is a maturing person who is entitled to the most basic self-determination,” (Four Reasons). Self-expression of style aside, choices in clothing are also a popular method of expressing support for any variety of social causes, …show more content…
Research conducted by Arizona State University discovered that “students from schools without uniforms reported higher self-perception scores than students from schools with uniform policies,” (Wade). Comfort is factor that is often overlooked in the debate of school uniforms, when lower rates of bullying and crime are favored over the students own comfort, however “children need to feel comfortable in order to maximize learning, and that uniforms can, in this way, deter academic success for some children,” (Asaff). Other factors can be taken into consideration when attempting to deter students from partaking in bullying, or gang/otherwise-criminal activity. Parental involvement can also reduce the chances of a child becoming involved with gangs, abusing drugs and alcohol, and engaging in other negative behaviors that would also influence academic performance,” (McBrayer).
School Uniforms are not provided for the students pro bono, rather they are an additional cost to the parents that already pay for school supplies, and clothes for their children to wear in their everyday lives. Irit Sirkes, parent of Adi, a third grader who’s school switched to uniforms, claims “My son is an unusual size,” continuing “so it 's hard to find him clothes anyway. Limiting what I buy to certain colors makes shopping for him not only more expensive but
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