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Should Students Wear Uniforms to School?

It’s very common to find members of the Board of Education and many students around this country debating on whether uniforms are for the best or are only used for other reasons. Each side has some very good points but still many schools are beginning to use uniforms. Other schools are either about to hop on the boat, “S.S Uniforms” and leaving the lonely boat of non uniforms. The thing is why should or shouldn’t students use uniforms?

“MOM! What should I wear to school today,” asked Junior as he woke up from bed.

“I don’t know honey just pick anything that you feel is appropriate,” responded his mother. The only problem was the Junior was very indecisive about what to wear. This is his problem each and every morning before going to school. However his cousin Charlie doesn’t have this problem. Why, it’s because he wears a uniform to school instead.

Charlie on the other hand has the problem that the uniform rules are too strict. Sweaters must be worn at all times and the pants are a problem in the summer. It gets too hot outside and the dark khaki pants and wearing the uncomfortable sweater doesn’t make him feel cool, but as if he was in a microwave all the time. He envies his cousin Junior and Junior envies him.

Something most people don’t often realize is that the uniform debate is two extremes of the same coin. On one side we have children who have problems picking out what to wear and on the other we have children who detest uniforms with a passion, because of what they look like or how they feel. This can be used for many of the arguments on either side pro or anti–uniforms.

Pro- uniform people tend to use some pretty excellent points. For example, it’s great to know that you won’t have Junior’s problem on picking what to wear to school. School bullies will not pick on their peers for what they wear, and all because they have uniforms. Gangs wouldn't prosper in this environment either.

Anti- uniform people have quite some things to say themselves. Some people I know are anti-uniform and it’s mostly common among children who go to school. The frequent point people make that are anti-uniform include things like expressing themselves, more freedom and so on and so forth. But something that caught my eye was something a student said, “With uniforms we can’t have any sort of diversity. We should be proud of who we are and what we are. We should be able to wear what we want and how we please.” I believe this is true to an extent, however there is a limit.

Of course, I have my own opinion on this but it’s MY own point of view and that is why I have provided some points of both sides, pro and con. I am not here to persuade any of you but rather to inform which is my only objective. The decision must come from you, the reader, to look at the data given to you and study it, come to your own conclusion.

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  1. Chris Fancher said...

    I worked at a school that went to "Uniform Dress" not just a uniform. In May of the final year without uniform dress an English teacher had all of her students dress according to the rules for the new dress code. She brought them all into the cafeteria, at lunch, so the students could see that they could still look different without violating the dress code. It really helped the students cope with the change.

  2. MBA Colleges in Mumbai said...

    Hey per my suggestion students have to wear Uniforms in the schools. because each students have their own identity of their school. and they know how to become different from others.
    Thank you.

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  4. Brina said...

    I appreciate this post a lot. Thanks for the insight into both sides of the arguement. For those that are anti uniform - understand that individuality goes beyond just you clothing! The actions you portray are just as important.

  5. Anonymous said...

    hi yes im a student and i oersonaly believe that students should not have to wear uniforms they should be aloud to express them selves in there own way.

  6. NiGhTbReEd said...

    School uniforms are junk and nothin but tht we will always have a freedom imma guy with two peircings in one ear nobodi judges me one of my friends has a tattoo so WE ARE A FREE COUNTRY U FRIGGEN GWEEDOS

  7. Anonymous said...

    well im doing a project and i have to get my classmates to agree for the answer being yes ,but i really think NO!im glad we don't wear them so we can waer what we want and our school dosn't even follow the dress code

  8. Madz said...

    I go to a school where we are allowed to wear casual clothing, yet we have a dress code. I've come to HATE the dress code. I'm not allowed to wear tank tops in school, when, hang on! What's wrong with wearing a shirt that just shows your shoulders? Are teachers worried about bra straps? No guy is interested in a girl's white or colorful bra strap.

    Back to the uniforms, though. Sure, kids are judged by what they wear in school. So what? I'm judged by the way I part my hair in school or what sandals I wear, and most kids should just get over it. If they see some girl or guy wearing Lous Vuitton to school, what kind of parents would let their kids even wear that out? It's so ridiculous! If that kid is bullied for what they wear, what's wrong the bullies then? That's just messed up.

    Uniforms would just worsen problems for school districts since most kids (mostly girls) wouldn't want to wear them. And, I'm a girl, and I'm saying that girls care about their looks far more than boys.

    And just like many people say, this is a free country!!! Let people express who they want in their clothes, UNLESS its offensive to others!!

  9. Anonymous said...

    Uniforms discourage bullying based on how wealthy or poor a family is, as well as gang activity. They may also increase school pride and a sense of dignity may be deep-rooted in the student. In addition to these, studies actually show that rates in schools with uniforms improved in suspension, attendance, and graduation.

    Nice post. I enjoyed seeing what you had to say, and more specifically, that you had an opinion on both sides of the story. :)

  10. Jeff said...

    Nice post which It gets too hot outside and the dark khaki pants and wearing the uncomfortable sweater doesn’t make him feel cool, but as if he was in a microwave all the time.In which Something most people don’t often realize is that the uniform debate is two extremes of the same coin. Thanks a lot for posting this article.

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