School Uniforms

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SCHOOL UNIFORMS In his hopes to create "an atmosphere in our school that promotes discipline and order and learning," President William Jefferson Clinton stated, "I believe we should give strong support to school districts that decide to require young students to wear school uniforms." He cited several incidents where student's desire for another's fashionable attire has led to extreme forms of violence (Clinton 1996). This exemplifies one of the many implications of a necessity for school uniforms. Many advocates claim that school uniforms curb violence, limit the potential for gang members to wear representative colors, deter theft, and install students with stronger work ethic and school pride, among many other things. Critics,…show more content…
Behling's results are summarized as follows: - The jean and combination carried the most negative connotations. - Males who dressed in more casual clothing were seen as more likely to suffer from behavioral problems than females dressed in the same clothing. - Contrary to the preceding statement, uniforms made male students look more "angelic" than female students dressed in uniforms. - Both male and female students dressed in uniforms were rated higher in both current and potential academic ability by teachers and students when compared to male and female students dressed in the jean/jacket combination. Belling describes the collaborative results of this mental perception, that is, students who wear uniforms are perceived to higher academic abilities and lower behavioral problems than those who do not wear uniforms, as a "Halo Effect". Other researchers who have cross-studied the "Halo Effect" support Behling in that the "Benefits of uniforms are more perceptual than real" (Hinchion-Mancini 1997,p.63) and that "uniforms seem to be a way of circumventing, rather than solving the problem of teacher prejudice" (Kohn cited in Posner 1996,p.2). This belief that the perceptual benefits of uniforms outweigh the actual benefits is largely documented in the work of David Brunsma. Long Beach, California (Pros) Versus David Brunsma (Cons) Beginning in 1994, the Long Beach Unified School District (CA)

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