School Uniforms Is Necessary Essay

1033 WordsOct 15, 20175 Pages
Tammy Konarski Professor Melissa Rigney English Composition 102 October 14, 2017 School Uniforms, A Necessary Strategy At first glance, the only winners in the topic of school uniform policy are the uniform companies and the retail establishments that sell them. The idea of mandatory uniform requirements is repugnant and unpalatable to many Americans. It stifles students’ freedom and forces conformity on our most impressionable citizens, children. However, violence in our schools was the impetus for uniform policy adoption. It gained momentum following a sharp spike in the number of violent incidents in schools over designer sunglasses, sneakers and jackets in the latter half of the 1980’s. Because of public outcry and response at the…show more content…
In many ways this freedom was forfeited by the grievous acts themselves, forcing a kind of martial law. Both sides of this debate have been scrutinized in landmark court cases. In Canady v. Bossier Parish School Board District, the Supreme Court ruled that the school board’s decision to implement a uniform policy did not trample upon student’s rights to express under the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Input from teachers and administrators in that district, indicated increased academic performance and lower disciplinary incidents in their schools where uniforms were adopted. Subsequently, the board enacted uniform policies for all its schools. Some parents responded by filing a lawsuit based on the assertion that their student’s personal choice of clothing was protected. In this case, the Court ruled that personal choice of clothing is considered style, and therefore, students are not afforded Constitutional protection. Furthermore, the Court ruled protection “is not absolute[and] “sometimes school boards’ regulation of student behavior outweighs individual students’ rights to free speech (Anderson 12-13). From its inception, uniform policy has proven to be a successful strategy to reduce crime and theft, which is more evident in low income urban areas. Perhaps the most outspoken proponent for this cause was Former President Bill Clinton, who addressed the nation in 1996. Following his speech, 16,000 copies of the
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