This graph shows the number of students who oppose school uniforms, a 2012 peer-reviewed study by researchers at the University of Nevada at Reno found that 90% of seventh and eighth-grade public school students did not like wearing uniforms. A 2007 survey of Harford County, MD public school students found that 87.9% of the students were opposed to uniforms. In the year following the introduction of mandatory school uniforms to the Long Beach (CA) Unified School District, 81% of middle school students said uniforms did not reduce fights, 76% said they did not help them fit in at school, 69% said they did not make them feel more connected to the school community, and 71% said they felt no safer traveling to and from school. Let move on to the next part which is an
How do school uniforms affect students and their sense of belonging in a school environment?
School uniforms: it’s been the subject of debate for several years and here is my opinion on this. I am against the idea of having school uniforms. First and foremost, I find that school uniforms restrict creativity and goes against individuality. Despite the positive aspects of uniforms that people often talk about, there are multiple flaws that can be found in them and drawbacks.
Students not being required to wear uniforms would eliminate students from having body insecurities. Students having to wear uniforms makes everything more of a competition. For example, it becomes less of a best-dressed competition and more of a best-body competition. Students, particularly girls, can develop physical and mental disorders from having to wear uniforms. For example, girls might think they always have to be skinnier to look the best in the uniforms that everyone else is looking skinny in. Students should not have to wear uniforms because it makes people self conscious and takes away their focus on learning. For example, student will be constantly checking if they look good in the outfit or looking at others and comparing themselves, and then totally forgetting about the learning part of school. Overall, students having to wear uniforms will cause more body insecurities than ever before.
To add in, uniforms often promote conformity, rather than individuality which every student should have within them. I will tell you what this
One example could be, if there is an intruder in their school it will be easier to catch them since they obviously aren’t wearing the same color or style as everyone else.The intruder will be spotted out easier and will be a much and faster way of dealing with the situation. Even though it may not be safer, they can deal with what is going on faster so it could result in less people getting injured. Also it’s easier for the staff/ administration to enforce a dress code. When children are at a school without a dress code people wear whatever they want. There will be more kids wearing what they want which would be harder in enforcing a dress code. By having school uniforms most people will follow it and less people will disobey it. Lastly, parents also like school uniforms. Some parents don’t like the fact on kids dressing how they want, but school uniforms will make the school a better place and keep the parents happy. Studies show that %86 of parents like school uniforms and the parents say it is lighter on their pockets. They think it makes the most memories for a child and will still enjoy school by also showing pride. Overall, school uniforms are a lot easier on the staff and give them a little break, and parents really enjoy school uniforms for their kids and think that they get a lot of benefits from
School dress codes are very harmful to a young adult and young child because they will not be able to express themselves, and will feel trapped being like everyone else and lose themselves. Students will also learn to respect others no matter what they wear,and will have a kinder and more accepting mind. Additionally, students will have a developed mind and be more independent with high academic intelligence. If we don't put a stop to dress codes than many students will be harmed mentally and emotionally,and never have a fully developed mind which will harm them.
Indirectly school uniforms will help increase the safety in schools. Most gang members are perceived that they are in a gang through the color combinations of their clothes. Take, for instance, blood represented by the color red and hell represents the color black. There won 't be any room to promote gang activity if everyone is wearing that same school uniform. The department of education was reported, when school dress became a mandatory policy in public schools, incidents of vandalism went down by a massive 69% and cases of assault decreased by a whopping 85%, which are both know forms of gang activities. Students are against the concept of wearing school uniforms because they believe they would be unable to express their personality through the combinations in clothes, but safety outweighs individuality. In addition to safety, the perception that students are individuals through their clothing is a folk tale. Everyone shops at the same shops that are trending in the market and various people buy the same clothes. Every person looks almost alike. In a similar way, there is no difference between people wearing similar clothes and students wearing the same uniform. 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.
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. This shows that when schools implemented school uniforms it stops most
School uniforms could eliminate all competitions, or even the feeling of low self-esteem stemming from the perception that some are more or less inadequate than others. School uniforms could even terminate the hierarchy that over runs schools all together. Though it may seem school uniforms fix problems and are generally regarded as a “good thing”, not all share in the enthusiasm. According to the article, Individuality vs. Conformity: The Issue Behind School Uniforms, there is an argument against school uniforms that states, “...forcing a uniform on students limits the choices they can exercise in this aspect of growing up and rebelling against authority...(Caruso, P. (1996)).” Do uniforms correct faulty behavior or increase the risk of creating it? It seems there is no quick fix to behavioral problems, but school uniforms could offer a chance at eliminating certain behavioral rebellions, angry outbursts, classroom disruptions, etc… Nothing is 100%, not even uniforms are perfect, but they are a step in the right direction for taking behavioral delinquency into control and slowly poke holes through the rugged armor it has acquired. The same can not be said for school violence. It is not something one should take lightly, especially when it comes to
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. When students are dressed exactly like their peers, they automatically have something in common. Simultaneously, a first impression cannot be ruined due to what a child is wearing. Consequently, students see each other as equals and are slower to judge each other
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. Uniforms nowadays are acting as collars to students, and schools are holding the leash. Children and adolescents in school are in that adapting period of life, they want to find out and learn about consequences on their decisions. Schools need to create an environment that encourages creativity and inspire them to break out of their shell. The tradition of uniforms is a repetitive and binding curse that needs stopping. This paper tackles how school uniforms produce more problems than it could handle.
Many students that know uniforms will be beneficially, but don’t agree with school uniforms will continue to disagree with implementing them. It can be easily agreed that school uniforms may take away their self-expression in school, but what matters more in school is the way of learning. It can also be agreed that many students do not accept the self-expression of their classmates and make fun of them. Students, parents, and school administration should be able to recognize the benefits that school uniforms come with.
Many high schools have implemented dress codes that set rules for what students can and cannot wear while on school premises, and yet many people disagree with these policies. Though arguments can be made for either side, a dress code can have a very positive outcome for all parties involved. A fixed dress code promotes professionalism in a learning environment, and contrary to popular belief, it does not limit a student’s freedom of expression. Last but not least it encourages equality and acceptance among their peers. A dress code can be reasonable if used in proper situations that require certain attires. I believe there is indeed a need for a dress code for it to be able to maintain an atmosphere conducive for learning.
For many decades, there have been thousands of arguments about whether university students should be made to wear uniforms or not. This is a combative and much-debated question that occurred amongst the University and others social circle. Example like at Pakistan, England, and the countries that all around the world. This question had been considering as the most debate question in around all the university. While in Malaysia, this problem also occurs in school systems for many years. There have many opinions about college students should wear uniforms or not. It depends on what the people think about it because everyone got a different view. Therefore will have many different opinions. But in my opinion, I think that college students should