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…show more content…
school to adopt a uniform policy. The policy was to help with cost of clothing and to curb social pressures (Konhelm, Kalkstein). There was another study on the other side of the U. S. in the 1995, Long Beach, California, got a lot of attention, because the school the school implemented a school uniform policy. “The result was that the policy was supporting the implications in 70 schools with around 60,000 students, kindergarten to eighth grade. In the first five years there was a dramatic difference in school violence and misbehavior, the overall crime rate dropped by 91 percent, sex offences dropped by 96 percent, and vandalize had gone down 60 percent, reported Jasmine L. Konheim-Kalkstein. New York City has allowed school districts to choose whether they want to implement school uniform policies, in 1999, 70 percent adopted uniform policies. Forty years ago, the Supreme Court issues a landmark student speech decision, Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent Community school district, stating that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of expression at the school house gate.” There have been court hearings all the way up to the Supreme Court. One example would be in September 2007; Paul Paulmer went to school wearing a San Diego logo’s shirt. The school said that was that was inappropriate because it wasn’t following a dress code. So, he had his parents bring him another shirt, it said John Edward’s for President 08’ on the front, and the

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