School Uniforms Draft
Dress code in schools has always been a problem because students find it hard to follow the rules on what they can or cannot to school. While clothing is really a minor issue when it comes to education, wearing uniforms does seem to improve the educational environment. Therefore, I firmly believe that uniforms should be incorporated upon students from elementary to high school. This will help teach the students discipline, focus less on certain groups, and break down on economic differences.
Imagine that you pick your seven-year-old child up from school. He is crying and wearing a different outfit than the one he wore to school. This is naturally upsetting but not as upsetting as your next discovery. His shirt, one you haven’t seen before, has a large “L” written on the sleeve in permanent marker; his shorts, also not his, are to large, stained and faded. Upon questioning your child, you discover that, despite your best efforts at compliance, your child’s clothing has violated the school’s uniforms policy. Neither you now your husband/wife was called to bring your child an “acceptable” change of clothing; rather a loaner uniform was forced upon your child. With the implementation of uniforms in schools, problems like these can be prevented.
The Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Justice, and under the direction of President Clinton, has developed the Manual of School Uniforms. On February 24, 1996, President Clinton signed a directive to distribute this manual to the Nation’s 1600 public school districts. Furthermore, the leaders of our schools appear to have hastily embraced this new proposal. A recent national survey of 5,500 secondary school principals show that they feel school uniforms would help eliminate violence. Shawn Ashley, principal inn the Long Beach Unified School District, claims there have been fewer incidents of fighting from 1,135 in the 1993-94 school year, to only 554 for the 1194-95...