The Pros And Cons Of School Uniforms

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School uniforms have been around for decades within many private and parochial schools. In more recent years more and more public schools are implementing their own uniforms hoping to see a change for the good within their schools. Upon researching the effects of these uniforms, it is clear to see that school uniforms are unnecessary concepts that decrease student individuality and do not actually help school attendance or test scores. Prior to taking a strong stance on this controversial topic, it is crucial to understand the background of this concept. According to Pro-Con.org, “The first recorded use of standardized dress in education may have been in England in 1222, when the Archbishop of Canterbury mandated that students wear…show more content…
In fact studies show that “uniform policies don’t curb violence or behavioral problems in schools. They don’t cultivate student self-esteem and motivation. They don’t balance the social-status differences that often separate students. And they don’t improve academic achievement.” (Viadero). Despite what schools believe, school uniforms will not end all confrontation between the student, it will only change the reason for it. Discrimination goes much further than just the clothes that a person wears. Many Students are discriminated against due to their skin color, physical appearance, way of thinking, and belief systems. After reviewing studies shown within the article ̈ Uniform Effects? ̈ by Debra Viadero, it is easy to conclude that school uniforms themselves do not make the changes they are credited with. Although the effects on the school itself is an important aspect in deciding the usefulness of school uniforms, it is not the most important (Viadero). The most important aspect of this topic are the students and families who are affected by the uniforms. Many people who are prouniform argue that school uniforms will save families money by eliminating the need to buy expensive name brand clothing so that their child can fit in with their peers. Many people do not consider that a child's life extends further from just school. This means that instead of buying a few outfits that their child can

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