Giving The Nation’s Students Their Potential

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Controversy surrounding the school system tends to focus on one continual argument, should students be required to follow a dress code. This subject has been a hot topic debate between students, parents, and school systems for over half a century. A dress code can be anything from a required uniform, to students that are required to wear clothing that does not depict specific logos or emblems that are deemed unsafe, vulgar, or unethical. The argument originated when three young adults wanted to wear black armbands in protest of the Vietnam War in 1965. From this point, the argument did not cease and still continues. There are three main reasons why a dress code can be considered a moral decision; safety for the students and faculty is the first major reason. The second main reason is the keep the students on track and focused on school. The last main point is to remove gang affiliations from schools. Dress codes should be enforced within schools nationwide to keep the nation’s youth safe, and to help them achieve their true potential. The argument that students should abide by a dress code has been a contentious topic of debate for several decades. When thought about what started the argument in the first place, many might say Tinker v. Des Moines School District is the beginning of the controversy. The case states, “Three public school pupils in Des Moines, Iowa, were suspended from school for wearing black armbands to protest the Government's policy in Vietnam.” (Tinker v. Des Moines) The plan for the three students was to wear black armbands for the holiday season in 1965 and end their petition on January 1, 1966. However, the principals of the Des Moines schools received word of this and implemented a new policy stating that ... ... middle of paper ... ...ique Opportunity for FCS." Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences 98.2 (2006): 25. ProQuest. Web. 4 Apr. 2014. DaCosta, Kneia. "Dress Code Blues: An Exploration of Urban Students' Reactions to a Public High School Uniform Policy."The Journal of Negro Education 75.1 (2006): 49-59. ProQuest. Web. 4 Apr. 2014. Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District. Supreme Court. 24 Feb. 1969. Legal Information Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2014. Smith, Natalie. "CHALK TALKS- Eliminating Gender Stereotypes in Public School Dress Codes: The Necessity of Respecting Personal Preference." Journal of Law and Education 41.1 (2012): 251- 9. ProQuest. Web. 4 Apr. 2014. Studak, Cathryn M., PhD., and Jane E. Workman PhD. "Civil Behavior, Safe-School Planning, and Dress Codes." Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences 99.3 (2007): 23-8. ProQuest. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.
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