School Uniforms: Should They Be Required in Public Schools? Essay

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Every year there is a large debate about school uniforms and whether they should be required in our public schools, or not. Some parents and school staff think that uniform policies should be enforced, as they feel it provides a sense of safety, structure, a lack of ridicule and modesty to our children. On the other hand, there are parents that argue that it takes away a child’s freedom of expression, independence, free spirit and individuality. Both parties have good and effective arguments and I hope to provide insight into this subject, so that you can gather current and valid information.
There are many dangers that children have to face when going to school. There is a lot of school violence that can cause children to dread going to school and get distracted in class. They can get distracted by what the fellow students wear to school; the girls can wear inappropriate clothing, or the baggy clothes that the gang members wear. “Baggy clothes that are popular these days can be confused as gang related clothing, and there can be unintentional gang related violence. These baggy clothes can be a way for gang members to bring drugs and weapons into the school” wrote Keith King, in the Journal of School Health. It has been repeated that one in three children have access to weapons or drugs and can bring them anytime they want. Many believe that school uniforms are the answer to this. They believe that if they dress alike then there would be less of a chance for weapons and…