Throughout the last decade the concept of school uniforms has moved from the private schools into many public schools. Following Long Beach County Schools’ lead many public schools across the country have instated a mandatory school uniform policy. Not only do school uniforms cut down on stress and cost at home, they also provide for better, more focused students and safer schools.
Every parent of a school aged child has battled morning after morning over what to wear; uniforms put an end to the ongoing battle. Each child has specific clothing items that are allowed and each must be worn in accordance to policy. Daughters will not be wearing mid-drift tops and miniskirts, just as sons won’t be showing off their underpants with oversized, saggy pants. Uniform policies just don’t allow for it.
School uniforms simply cost less in the long run. The average student can spend thousands of dollars on school clothing every year. Each new trend that comes to the stores sends kids running to pay more money for more clothes while burying the old to never be worn again. Uniforms are just the opposite. Once purchased each student continues to wear them until either outgrown or worn out.
Mandatory uniforms can eliminate the problems that arise and distract students from their education. School uniforms eliminate social status in the classroom and all kids are the same, with the focus being on them and not on the clothing that they wear. All kids fit in because they all look alike and this eliminates student focus on creating and maintaining their status according to different styles of dress, allowing for the focus to remain on school itself.
Uniforms create a safer school environment for students and faculty. Uniforms decrease the instances of violence and theft, sometimes even life threatening over designer clothes and expensive sneakers and prevent gang members from wearing gang colors and insignias at school. Uniforms also allow faculty and staff to more easily...