School Uniforms And The School Uniform Policy

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Educators and parents alike want safe and respectful learning-oriented schools for their children. In 1996, President Bill Clinton challenged schools that “ … 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.” (Boutelle 36). As a result, the "Manual on School Uniforms" was issued by the government to provide guidelines for those considering establishing a school uniform policy. Ever since, proponents and opponents of mandated school uniforms have been at odds, both sides actively supporting their views. Uniform requirements can vary among schools requiring specific colors, styles, and types of clothing, ranging from white shirts and ties with blazers with school logos to simple pants and shirts in school colors. According to the report, "Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013." by the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 20% of all public schools have adopted school uniform mandates in the school year 2011-2012. This essay supports the position that mandated school uniforms may resolve several problems facing public schools today. One advantage of mandatory school uniforms may be improved school safety. According to assistant superintendent Linda Rondeau, many educators believe “school uniforms promote school safety and enhance the learning environment, and diminish the clothing competition.” (qtd. by Boutelle 36). Supporters believe that
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