School Uniforms THESIS: School uniforms provide safety for all students and should be enforced. What are school uniforms? School uniforms are just clothes that everyone wears in order to go to school in some places, School uniforms first came about around the 1550s, in London.
In this day and age, it can be difficult to keep children mentally youthful and acting age appropriate. School uniforms teach students to dress adequately, a necessary and useful skill that will be valuable later in life. School uniforms positively affect schools because they create a neutral atmosphere. Children are placed under tremendous stress to “fit in” or be accepted during school.
On top of that, a student’s individuality should not be based only upon on his or her appearance but in accordance with his/her grades, attitude, and behavior. School uniform will help refocus the student’s attention towards education. School uniforms will help prevent bullying in public schools. Some students attending school have pretty low income and won’t be able to afford their clothes thus putting them at risk. Some of these students can’t afford it and would wait for a big or clearance sale to hit the store that’s why they would most likely be able to buy.
To begin with, students shouldn’t wear uniforms because it violates a student’s right for freedom. For example, quoting, “https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/school-uniforms/” by Marian Wilde, “School uniforms violate a student’s right to freedom of expression...makes a target for bullies from other schools, are difficult to enforce in public schools, and are a financial burden for poor families.” This means that some families aren’t able to afford the school uniforms. Which, leads to many students getting bullied for not having uniforms like their
Lately, most kids or pre-teens are starting to dress to old for what age they really are. A solution that is by having school uniforms, they provoke that problem. School uniforms should be required for public schools. They have been increasing in public schools for the past five years. One in five public schools require school uniforms.
Student Rights By: Joey James Do students ever think that the schooling system takes away some of their basic rights? Should they have to trade their rights for a ticket into school? Sometimes school systems infringe the rights of students through aspects of privacy, freedom of expression, and freedom of speech.
Uniforms Are Not For Students What if every student was required to wear uniforms at school? This question is brought up a lot with discussing school dress code. Many people think that wearing uniforms would be beneficial to the students.
Firstly, school uniforms reduce the distraction in the classroom. According to “UNIFORMS: are they a good fit?” it states, “Many of these students say dress down days are somewhat distracting”(Marsha 36). This evidence proves that at a school where school uniforms are usually worn, they get to have a free day where they can wear whatever they want, but even then, one, just one day, students claim for it to be a little distracting.
Some parents and people think when we give them uniforms it takes away their freedom of expression and restricts them from showing who they are. This is wrong. They can still express themselves in many ways, such as: wearing unique tennis shoes, styling their hair however they want, mix and matching the uniform pieces, wearing fun jewellery, etc. They can also wear the fun clothing outside of school, whenever they want. Uniforms make it so everyone looks together and one, so no one gets better or worse treatment for what they wear.
How do school uniforms affect students and their sense of belonging in a school environment? Roughly 160,000 children miss school daily due to fear of attack and or intimidation by other students. Because everyone would be dressed the same, students would not be bullied because of their clothing (Emily Morton 1). Wearing the same type of dress can reduce peer pressure in schools by relieving the social pressures associate with fashion and personal taste (Education Minister Liz Constable).
School uniforms give students a sense of unity because they feel like they can fit in without fear of being too different. Making a dress uniform mandatory will decrease sexual harassment, create more interesting humans and make schools safer. A school uniform would make schools safer. The idea of wearing uniforms to schools was originally introduced to reduce violence in schools in 1996 by the Department of Education (Underwood, 1).
In the article of Dr. Alan Hilfer from 2009, “Disadvantages of a School Uniform Policy” stated that “We need free thinking children of to become thinkers of tomorrow, not droned who will continue making the mistakes of previous generations”(Hilfer, 2009). Feelings on school uniforms seem to differ as much as the reasons for having them, hate it, or love it. Recent studies done in the University of Alabama states that: “Student Uniform use was not significantly correlated with any of the school commitment variables. In addition, students wearing uniforms did not appear to have any significantly different academic performance” (Brunsma & Rockquemore, 1998). The problem whether schools should still be continuously implemented is a highly debatable topic.
Those against school uniforms make the argument that the introduction of uniforms cause many students to rebel, making a more difficult learning environment. Almost all schools have dress code policies. An argument that follows naturally would be that students will rebel against any rules set in place. In contrast, uniforms actually create a calmer, more businesslike environ-ment. As teacher Ms. Barry said, "The kids wearing uniforms are less cocky towards adults." She also noticed that after introducing uniforms, her "kids sit up and pay attention. They 're quiet. I think the school takes on a quieter, studious atmosphere. They are getting along" (Huss 36-37). Rules are also good for young people. It gives them the structure that is needed.
The effect on this is that kids will either want to come to school. Another reason is because students will be nervous for school everyday. That why students should not wear uniform. In conclusion uniforms is a bad idea. Another reason students should not wear uniform is because students parents might struggle for paying for uniform and and the kids might feel uncomfortable wearing uniform.
For example, when the Long Beach Unified School District made students K-8 wear uniforms, suspensions in elementary dropped by 28%, suspensions in middle school dropped by 36%, there was a 51% decrease in fights with students K-8, and a 34% drop in assault and battery in kids K-8. This shows that the crime in the Long Beach Unified School District decreased after uniforms were implemented in grades K-8. It also prevents gangs from forming on campus and a display of gang colors. Also it helps identify intruders in school because everyone will be wearing a uniform, so the intruder will stand out and it will help keep the school safe. The last reason that it stops most crime is, it may discourage students from committing a crime which will also help keep the school and students safer.