Should Public Schools Require Uniforms Essay

705 Words Apr 6th, 2011 3 Pages
There are several reasons public schools should require uniforms. “School uniforms are one of several strategies being used by this nation’s public schools to restore order in the classroom and safety in the schools” (Stanley, 2). “In addition to encouraging students to concentrate on learning, rather than on what to wear, uniforms can be social equalizers that promote peer acceptances, as well as school spirit and school pride” (Stanley, 2).
School uniforms make it easier for students not to worry about what the latest fashion style is and if what they are wearing is going to make them stand out. This will also stop gangs from flashing their colors and standing out within the school grounds. Even though the gang members know who
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Parents are worried that this may be an infringement on the students First Amendment rights. The fear of not being able to express themselves through clothing may lead to inappropriate hair styles and jewelry. They are not going to be prepared for the real world where they will be judged by their appearances.
With or without school uniforms we will continue to have problems in our schools but the uniforms help eliminate some of these problems. I went to a catholic high school and we had to wear uniforms and we still had fights, stealing, and bullying. We did not have to have metal detectors or security guards checking us before we walked into the building. The students came from all over the city and yes there were those who were in gangs but unless you made it known they could not tell by what we wore. In the long run it does help with costs when it comes to buying new clothes and shoes every year for the new school year.
We will never be able to completely stop the violence that goes on in schools or in society but we can minimize the violence in schools by wearing uniforms in schools. There are lots of ways to express yourself besides the clothes you wear. You can express yourself by writing, art, or even sports. Students may do strange hair styles and wear strange jewelry but at least they are not getting beat up for their clothes.

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