The Pros And Cons Of School Uniforms

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One of the biggest controversies in the United States is whether or not public school students should be required to wear uniforms. According to Lisa Flam, author of the article, “Are School
Uniforms Helping or Hindering?” on, “Nineteen percent of public school principals reported requiring uniforms in the 2009-2010 school year, up from 12 percent a decade earlier, according to TODAY.” Many people are against the idea of allowing students to dress freely, but students not having to wear uniforms has its benefits. Parents would not have to go out every few years or so to buy new uniforms because of changing schools or outgrowing them. Not having to wear uniforms also allows students the freedom of expressing themselves in
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With the cost of uniforms on the rise, it is hard for parents with low income wages to continue paying for them every year. If students did not have to wear uniforms, parents would be able to send their children to school without having to worry about them wearing clothes that are too small for them. Uniforms restrict students from expressing their individuality. Children are often known to be creative and very expressive, but when they wear uniforms, it takes away their freedom of expression. According to Michelle McDermott, author of the article “ School Uniform Debate Is
A Whole Lot More Complicated Than You Might Think,” students may find other, less desirable ways in expressing themselves, such as tattoos and piercings. Even though many schools enforce the uniform requirement to better identify students from faculty, staff, and sometimes even intruders, it does not help the students better identify themselves. It takes away their right to b expressive through their clothing. If students were able to dress how they wanted, the school leaders should have guidelines for the students as to what is and what is not appropriate clothing for school. With such strictly enforced uniform rules, students may feel like they are being scrutinized by the way they
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