The Effectiveness Of School Uniforms In Public Schools

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One of the most widely considered debates between parents and educators is the effectiveness of school uniforms. Uniforms work effectively if the both the student and educator are in favor of them. Uniforms in the past years have recently shown a dramatic increase in school enforcement: “One in five U.S. public schools require students to wear uniforms during the 2013-2014 school year, up from one in eight in 2003-2004” (“Should students have to wear school uniforms?”). Although uniforms policies have increased, does this mean they are making a difference, or that they are a simple band-aid on serious problems schools are facing? Recent studies have shown just that: “Uniforms have not been effective at attacking the very outcomes and issues they were assumed to aid” (quoted in Viadero). It is quite clear that uniforms are ineffective at increasing academic achievement, preventing school violence, and saving parents money. Uniforms have repeatedly been called effective at improving academic achievement. Although this has been recorded, no evidence has been provided to substantiate such claims: “Students in uniform were perceived by teachers and fellow students as being more academically proficient than students in regular clothes” (“Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?”). While this may be true, uniforms may help improve academic achievement in other ways: “Uniforms policies save valuable class time because they are easier to enforce than a standard dress code”
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