Why School Uniforms Are Used As A Method Of Assimilation Rather Than Safety

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After analyzing the primary documents it became clear that school uniforms were used as a method of assimilation rather than safety. The documents never mention safety at all but rather distinguish between what is acceptable and unacceptable in a predominately white society. The language and rationale in the primary sources have a strong cultural undercurrent. “In many classrooms, the dress code looks like this: pants drooped to the midseat, pierced noses, tattoos, revealing camisoles and other perplexing fashions.” (Haynes, 1996) This can be attributed to assimilation simply because all of these conditions can still exist while students are wearing uniforms. With school uniforms pants can still be drooped, piercings can still exist, and the students that are not sporting wash off tattoos will well, still have tattoos. Given this, it is safe to say that this rationale cannot stand alone in terms of making schools safer but rather, this was a ploy to control students who were perceived as being unable to conform to the social norms of the time.

Moreover, statements such as “pants drooped to the midseat” have an apparent racial undertone. Saggy pants have often times been synonymous with males in the African American community. This can be inferred as if something is wrong with this culture since later on the source explains how school should be seen as a place that develops corporate leaders. “The students, 90% of whom come from households supported by public aid, are…

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