School Uniforms Persuasive Essay

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School uniforms are something that is very popular in other countries, but, when it comes to America, it just isn’t that simple. School uniforms have been a very controversial topic in public schools, many schools fight against them but some also are accepting them. A common argument against school uniforms is that it takes away the student's ability to express themselves and that it would be hard to enforce and cost a lot of money. While there are some potential problems with school uniforms they are still surprisingly beneficial. Public schools should require students to wear school uniforms to increase safety and decrease violence. Ms. Hewat at McCarthy Beatties says safety is among the top benefits of having a school uniform. "You can easily identify who does and doesn't belong in the school," she says. "With a quick glance, you can instantly determine that a person shouldn't even be in the school." (Marjo). School uniforms increase safety in schools by easily identifying who and who doesn’t belong. If an intruder were to enter the school during the day dressed in normal teenager attire to blend in with everyone else they could easily go unnoticed. However if the schools required a certain school uniform, then the identity of an intruder could easily be spotted. Another thing that schools have seen changes in is violence in school such as: Long Beach, California, drew national attention as the first public-school district to adopt mandatory school uniforms. After just one year, dramatic decreases in violence and discipline problems, as well as higher test scores, were reported (Wilkins). Students are less prone to bullying and violence and also perform better at school when they are not judged by what they are wearing and making a better school environment. Theft is a big problem in many schools around America, introducing school uniforms would help decrease theft from students by other students. For example, if someone wore a nice, expensive jacket to school and it got stolen from them by another student then this would be an issue, having school uniforms would help to demolish theft from school.
A big pro for having school uniforms is overall leveling the playing field when it comes to a social

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