School Uniforms Persuasive Essay

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School uniforms have been a commonly debated topic for many years. Some schools feel as though having uniforms is requisite for better school programs. In fifth grade, I attended a school that required students to wear uniforms. I did not like the idea of uniforms initially, simply because I wanted to wear the clothes that I chose, but as time progressed, I realized that all that time I had been reaping the benefits of having school uniforms. Uniforms are advantageous for a school because they help improve the behavioral issues found in students, level the playing field among social classes, and provide a safer environment for students and staff. Some schools that have implemented a uniform policy have seen a decrease in disciplinary actions needed and the amount of bad behavior from students. In the article, “Schools Say Uniforms Lead to Better Academics and Behavior, “Principal Lauri Heward states, ‘Since uniforms were implemented, disciplinary issues have dropped more than 75 percent... It is amazing the difference that it makes.” This shows that uniforms are affecting student behavior by dropping the number of disciplinary issues in students. After researching three middle schools with newly implemented uniform policies, the students at the University of Nevada, Reno College of Education stated that ¨discipline referrals were reduced by about 10 percent the first year the uniform policy was implemented. Additionally, school police data showed a 63 percent reduction in police log reports during the first year of implementation.” After arranging to have a uniform policy, schools saw a decrease in problems with the police and minor problems within the school. Both pieces of evidence show that having students wear uniforms around school helped to minimize some of the behavioral problems. Studies have shown that they help to level the playing field between social classes. Students are often judged by what they are wearing and are constantly being compared to other students. If all students are wearing the same thing, when compared to other students, a child cannot be judged on their clothing, which also reduces bullying problems on campus. In Flynn O’Hara Uniforms’ (a clothing company) article, “The Benefits

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