The Pros And Cons Of School Uniforms

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1600’s - Uniforms rapidly became an accepted tradition in the Great England Public Schools 1900’s - Cherry Hill Elementary in the United States was the first public school to institute a school uniform policy (James, 2016) 1. Restrict freedom of expression • Clothing is a major aspect of self expression • Entitled to the most basic self-determination rights • Used to stand up for issues people are passionate about 2) Limelight the socio economic divisions • Not all students can afford uniforms • Average cost of uniforms: $249 • (Should students have to wear school uniforms, 2016) (Denniston, 2014) (Anderson, 2011) (Lisa, 2014) (Jeffords, 2012) Negative effect on self image • Forcing students to wear certain outfits rather than allowing them to wear something for their body size can cause embarrassment • Studies found many girls tend to compare themselves to others (Should students have to wear school uniforms, 2016) (Denniston, 2014) (Reed, 2011) (Lisa, 2014) (Jeffords, 2012) Socio economic lens • Not all students can afford school uniforms • Average cost is $249 Body size lens • Lack of confidence (self-esteem) Religion • Style of the uniforms may be prohibited in some religions • Eg. Short sleeved shirt (Elshamy, 2016) (Dalile, 2016) (Runge, 2013) Not looking through: Sexual Orientation • Transexual/transgender people would be forced to decide between a female or male uniform • Could be conflicting if someone is confused about their gender (Elshamy,

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