School Uniforms and Their Effect on Education Essay

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School Uniforms and Their Effect on Education


Going to public schools all my life, I heard the gossip of "fashion" and "whose wearing what,"pretty much everyday; at least in the four years of high school where it seemed that looks mattered the most. As people grow up, the way they present themselves becomes more and more important. Leaving a good mark in high school means a lot to some people, and some are ready to do whatever it takes to make that mark, whether it be putting someone down for their clothing or being an individual and not caring what others think of you or what your wearing. Having friends from middle school that branched out and went the alternative route; private schools, one of the first things that came back to
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In the essay, “The ‘Banking’ Concept of Education,”written by Paulo Freire, there were two types of education discussed. “Banking”education and “Problem-Posing” education. “Banking” education was looked at with the idea that the teacher was the higher power and the student was simply an object where as in “Problem-Posing” education, the teacher and students both taught and learned the information together. Uniforms would help bring “Problem-Posing” teaching back into the classrooms of many schools. There would also be a large drop in the amount of teasing that goes on in school. When I asked my old roommate, Maureen Brillante, who attended Sacred Heart Academy about the benefits of going to a school with uniforms, one of the first things she said was that it prevents people’s feelings from being hurt since everyone is wearing the same thing. “There is a lot less gossip about clothes and it is much harder to judge people when everyone looks the same. The atmosphere around the whole school just seems brighter that way,” she said with a big smile on her face. Having gone to an elementary school that did not have uniforms, Maureen experienced both worlds and found uniforms made high school that much easier to get through.

Decisions, Decisions. Should I go…