Uniforms in School

726 Words Feb 16th, 2018 3 Pages
This trend that was first suggested for public schools in 1980 by then D. C. mayor, Marion Barry, to help diminish the social stigma of low income students has grown significantly in both numbers and reasons (Lawrence, 2013). In 2010, it was reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, that nearly 19% of the nation’s public schools now require a mandated school uniform (Campbell, n.d.). While there are quite a number of opponents to such a policy in the public schools, the benefits are numerous. Students following a school uniform policy are “less likely to focus on clothing as a means for determining status) and may experience less stress from being judged by the type or cost of clothing they wear (Campbell, n.d.; Cascio, n.d.). All too often society is judged and defined by the clothing of an individual from its style to cost to fit. By removing this outward factor as a labeling status, students are placed on a more even playing field leaving competitions for the sports fields rather than the classroom runway. Less classroom completion in fashion allows more time to focus on studies. School uniforms also helps to create a sense of community and belonging, much as a member of a sports team that wears a uniform might feel (Buesing, n.d.). A sense of belonging as a member of a…