The Pros and Cons of Wearing School Uniform

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Scientific research shows that school uniforms make the student appear smarter and more well-behaved, according to Behling (1994). In the experimental study, Behling found that when students wore uniforms, they were perceived in a more positive light by both their peers and by teachers too. The research is based on the theory of person perception. Person perception theory suggests that a person's clothing and appearance lead to the formation of first impressions, and those first impressions can last a long time. In part because the wearing of uniforms can have a positive effect on peers and teachers, they are required in many schools. As Pearson points out, school uniforms are worn in part "to have students look professional." Appearances are not the only reason why school uniforms might be required. School uniforms are recommended for a variety of reasons, including person perception, discipline, safety and the promotion of an egalitarian working environment. Person perception is the first reason why some schools require uniforms. Impressions matter. Teachers who respond positively to their students are likely to exhibit the "halo effect," in which the positive perception remains for the rest of the school year (Behling). The teacher perceives the student in a positive light (like a symbolic halo) that can influence everything from whether the teacher calls on the student, or what kinds of grades are given at the end of the semester. If teachers are responding well to

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