Pros of School Uniforms
All schools should require students to wear a school uniform because they are cheaper for parents than street clothes, they limit distractions, and they help to prevent violence.
Firstly, school uniforms are cheaper than street clothes. A typical school uniform may cost only $30.00 in a store such as Target, J. C. Penny’s, or Mervyn. Some discount stores in low income areas offer uniforms as low as $20.00 to $25.00. Many students feel pressured to wear expensive brand names because students feel like they have to compete with others to have the most trendy clothing and jewelry. A Sean John Cabin jacket, which is made from the rapper Sean Puffy Combs clothing line, costs $150.00. Seeing two kids arguing about who was going to get it first blew my mind. Parents want their kids to be happy, so they are pressured into spending money on clothes that they want. Some people may say that a school uniform policy would require parents to spend extra money on a whole new set of clothes; however, if students were required to wear uniforms, parents would not have to spend as much on expensive clothing that helps their children fit in at school.
Secondly, uniforms limit distractions in schools. Some opponents to uniforms may say that uniforms are not attractive and limit the student's individuality. Uniforms are designed to help kids focus on Algebra instead of high top shoes; to make students compete for grades rather than jackets. Enforcing a uniform policy will also limit the distractions of revealing clothing that often appears in the hallways of our public schools when the weather gets warmer. Another way that uniforms improve academics is that students will not be tardy for school as often because of indecision about what to wear in the mornings.
Last, but not least, school uniforms help prevent violence in schools. Some opponents counter that such measures suppress student individuality and personal...