The Importance Of School Uniforms

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A uniform is defined as the distinctive clothing worn by members of the same organization or body or by children attending certain schools. It is also defined as not changing in form or character; remaining the same in all cases and at all times. Many studies have been done, like the 2010 study done in an urban school district, that found that the uniforms led to an increased rate of suspensions in middle and high schools. Furthermore, school uniforms deprive students of their rights to free speech, and force them to conform to certain standards of dress to be deemed ‘normal.’ Across the country, students have spoken up against uniforms, claiming that they are unconstitutional. I am here to show you the countless reasons that our educational system as a whole would function better without required school uniforms. Uniforms restrict students’ rights of expression, and they are not producing the test and behavioral results that would make them pertinent, and lead to increased rates of violence in schools. Todd DeMitchell is a Professor of Education and Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire. As such, he has always been intrigued by the concept of school uniforms and their effects on students behavior and academic performance. In 2015 he published an article titled “Does Wearing a School Uniform Improve Student Behavior?” which states that the requirement of uniforms actually increased the number of suspensions in high and middle schools in Houston in 2010.

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