Why Do School Uniforms Affect Society

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Imagine being able to wake up every morning, roll out of bed, put on the same thing you wore the day before, and head off to school. Not only would you be able to do such a thing, but all of your friends were doing it, too! Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s becoming more common in our society as school uniforms have gone beyond private schools to public schools. Uniforms have a positive effect on students’ self-esteem, attendance, discipline, and test scores. They have also been proven to decrease the rate of crime and violence in public schools. Most students and even parents will argue that school uniforms stifle individualism. The teenage years are a time when adolescents try out different persons, often experimenting with different styles of clothing during this phase. Opponents argue that uniforms take away an individual’s freedom of expression. However, the clothes that people wear, or can afford to wear, often define the group by which they are accepted. As a result, many teens are outcast due to the fact that they cannot afford the top-of-the-line, name-brand clothing. This rejection can lead to several problems for the outcast teen: depression, inability to concentrate on schoolwork, or just a general feeling of inferiority. School uniforms put everyone on the same level because no outfit is more stylish or…show more content…
School dress codes are a way to teach students the importance of a respectable appearance. is a lesson that can positively impact their self-respect and self-esteem. Students express themselves, through music, art, writing, the way they style their hair and the clothes they wear. They are supposed reduce social pressure. In some school settings reduce social conflict and peer pressure that may be associated with appearance. Uniforms give students a sense of security and put them on the same level as a bully and they also eliminate social differences at
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