We Are Not our Clothes - The Case for School Uniforms Essay

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In the middle of the school year, two new students walk through the doors of their new high school. The first student walks into the school with a worn out book bag, tarnished shoes, and noticeably older clothing, and is automatically judged by his peers on his wardrobe. The next student walks into the school wearing all of the latest name brands, expensive jewelry, and immediately she is judged as well. The student with the visibly “higher maintenance” wardrobe is instantly approached by another student who is dressed in the same type of apparel. The student with the visibly older clothing is never approached by another student and is forced to bear the challenge of a new school on his own. Too many times in public school systems …show more content…
Enforcing school uniforms contribute to success in many school systems by reducing the crime rate in schools and ultimately reducing bullying, which in turn affect a student’s learning environment.
Dress code is used as a tool to reduce bullying rates that relate to a student’s dress. At the 1996 State of the Union, President Clinton stated:
I challenge all our schools to teach character education, to teach good values and good citizenship. And if it means that teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms (The American Presidency Project).

Throughout the nation, students are bullied in school because their wardrobe is not considered culturally as being “in-style.” Many students simply come from families that can not afford to finance their child’s wishes of obtaining what is considered the latest fashion. Students should not have to feel as if they are inadequate or not as important as other students based on their families’ income and ability to purchase a certain type of clothing. Students should ultimately be judged on their character and not by their clothing.
An important benefit of enforcing school uniforms is the reduction of crime in…

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