School Uniforms Persuasive Essay

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Bullying is a problem that affects every student in America and recently this problem has increased among American students. According to the National Education Association (2016), an "estimated 160,000 students missed school every day due to a fear of violence and harassment from their peers." Students at many schools, including my own, have become more divided. This division has resulted in bullying especially towards students that stand out from the crowd with the way they look and dress. Along with continuing the anti-bullying programs already in place, public schools should implement a school uniform in order to reduce divisions among students, which should, in turn, reduce bullying and violence among students. A first step to…show more content…
Draa (2006) stated that "uniforms can be beneficial by blurring class lines within a student body (para. 13). Uniforms can also benefit these students ' self-esteem as they won 't have to feel self-conscience about wearing old or worn out clothes. Not only would uniforms reduce students standing out because of their parent 's financial status, they have also been proven to be cheaper over time. Uniforms are more cost-effective because parents would only have to buy several days ' worth of the same items of clothing, rather than buying lots of clothes for different outfits every day. School uniforms also reduce competition among students to dress better than the other students and instead allows them to focus more on their studies. Not only do school uniforms create an even playing field for students, they also unify students as a part of one community. Having all the students wear the same uniforms in their school colors allows the student body to feel like one, united community. Instead of feeling like their fellow students are single individuals who only want what 's best for themselves, students can feel as though they are all united for one purpose. A 2006 study of Texas public middle school students found that the students had significantly more perceptions of belong in their school community (Brunsma, 2006). This study shows that when students share a common uniform with their fellow students they feel much more involved in the school

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