School Uniforms: Yes or No?
Imagine being able to wake up every morning, roll out of bed, put on the same clothes 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 and classmates were doing it, too! Does this 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. There have been many debates on students wearing school uniforms. Assigning school uniforms can bring about major differences in the school system. Wearing uniforms can lead to safer schools, increasing student learning, and decreasing student behavior problems. School 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 repress individualism. The teen years are a time when adolescents try out different characters, often experimenting with different styles of clothing during this phase. Challengers argue that school 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 can’t afford expensive name-brand clothing. This rejection can lead to several problems for the outcast teen: depression, failure to concentrate on schoolwork, or just a general feeling of weakness. School uniforms put everyone on the same level because no outfit is more stylish or expensive than another. Uniforms allow students to interact with one another McMaken