Essay on The Debate Over School Uniforms

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The Debate Over School Uniforms

Context

In some countries, e.g. Britain and many Caribbean states, it is
common for school pupils to have to wear distinctive uniforms
identifying them with a particular institution, especially to the end
of compulsory education at 16. In others, e.g. France, the USA, it is
rare for uniforms to be worn, although some private schools may retain
them. In both situations the desirability of school uniforms remains
controversial among students, parents and educationalists. As a result
of this some schools have abandoned uniform at the same time as others
have adopted it.

pros

Uniform helps to create a strong sense school ethos and a sense of
belonging to
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Pupils without expensive
designer clothes and trainers may be singled out as social outcasts,
or stigmatised as being from poor backgrounds. For these reasons many
parents prefer uniforms as they save them money on buying clothes for
school wear

cons Students always find ways to tease or bully others, regardless of
what clothes are worn. Those who wish to be particularly fashionable
will want to own the same number of outfits regardless of whether they
are allowed to wear them to school or not, changing into them the
minute that classes are over. Parents often find some uniform items,
e.g. jackets, very expensive compared to the rest of their child's
wardrobe, and complain they can never be worn outside the school
environment.

pros

Uniform has practical benefits when students are outside the school
building. Being readily identified with a particular institution may
make students more aware of their behaviour while travelling to and
from the school, leading them to act more considerately, e.g. to other
passengers on buses or trains. On organised trips away from the school
it is much easier for teachers to ensure they haven't lost anyone and
to monitor behaviour, than if students wore their own clothes and
blended in with the crowds.

cons

Uniform makes students very identifiable and emphasises the divisions
between…