September 11, 2011
The Way Uniforms Are Effecting Education
In her article “Do Uniforms Makes Schools Better?” Marian Wilde, a writer for GreatSchools.org, discusses the advantages of wearing uniforms in schools in a society where freedom and rights have started ruling their way into what school districts will allow children to wear in the classroom. In 1980 public schools were compared poorly against Catholic schools. Noting the great benefit Catholic schools received from uniforms, some public schools decided to adhere to the uniform policy. Wilde recalls the speech President Clinton gave at the 1996 State of the Union. “If it means teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms.” There are many benefits to wearing uniforms in schools, say’s Wilde. They will help prevent gangs from forming in schools, which will cut down on school violence and encourage discipline. Also, they will prevent students and parents from trying to keep up with the trends and buy new clothing. The main benefit however is the overall way they will help take out the social and economic barriers between students which will only increase a sense of belonging. Moving onto the topic of dress codes, Wilde explains what a dress code is and how strict it can be. Some people think that a dress code can be less harsh than a uniform policy, but it turns out that in some schools across America they are cracking down on the students. In Napa, California, one schools dress code required students to wear only solid colors and banned any image or logo on what they wore. A student was sent to detention for wearing socks that had “Tigger” from “Whinnie the Pooh” on them. The family of that girl sued the school district for violating her freedom of speech. The superintendent announced his intention to implement uniforms in the district...