Essay on Uniforms in School

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Uniforms in School


Angus Young, of the rock band AC/DC, is who comes to mind when picturing a school uniform. His costume is like that of an English schoolboy dressed in shorts and a funky hat. Another image that comes to my mind when thinking about school uniforms is that of a group of young fifth-graders, all wearing the same colored uniforms, assembled in front of a Catholic School. Such pictures of students dressing in school uniforms have led to stereotyping and a negative attitude towards schools enforcing a uniform policy. Students being thought of as robots without the ability to express themselves freely in a society that says you must express yourself and be an individual at all cost. The problem is that the cost to
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In fact, in 1995 the Texas legislature gave public school districts the authority to require uniforms under Texas State Law (Radcliffe 1999). The law, however, is a voluntary law; schools are not required to have a uniform policy. A Dallas attorney, Domingo Garcia, has proposed legislation that would make it mandatory to wear uniforms in Grades k-12 in Texas (Ramos 1997).
The first fundamental issue that school board officials and law makers should look at before they make new policies and laws concerning school uniforms is whether or not these new laws and policies have a positive impact on students' overall performance. The question should not be limited to academic performances only, but should also include other socially learned behavior that will enhance the students' ability to conform to the social norms needed to be successful in today's society. However, it can be argued that if students are required to wear uniforms while in school they will have a better opportunity to relate to each other on a social level. Mostly because clothes seem to have a lot to do with the way students interact. I am sure that most students would not bother killing each other because one student has a newer tie than the other less privileged student does. A lessened degree of attention and concern with fashion will result in a better condition for serious study as well as lessen the cultural and economic challenges of students and parents…

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