School Uniforms Introducing school uniforms to the school districts of America has been an ongoing heated debate topic for years. Uniforms contain violence and fights, but they also take away the students’ individuality. Kids have been killed over what they are wearing, but you will still be taking away their right to choose what they want to wear. Both sides have equally balanced points. I believe that school uniforms should be used in local school districts because they are less expensive, they make it easier for teachers to enforce dress codes, and stops kids from judging each other on their appearances.
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According to the ACLU, school uniforms took its toll on children’s creativity, independence, and individual behavior. During school, the only way a child can portray their individualism is through their clothing. Students cannot freely express themselves in any other form without going through school officials first (ACLU). Another disadvantage to having school uniforms is that if you have more than one school age child, uniforms may become costly (Occupy Theory). It also becomes costly because you would usually have to buy more than one outfit.
In private schools it would be easier to enforce since there parents are paying extra for a better education. Public schools on the other hand would be a lot harder to enforce especially because some students don’t like school. Which if uniforms were enforced would make students hate school even more. “Wearing uniforms can also hurt one’s self image. Almost all uniforms aren’t made with all body types in mind, but they are chosen for all students to wear.Even though each student looks and is built different.”(Should kids).
Twenty three percent of schools across the United States require a uniform(“Mcdermott”).Should schools require children to wear uniforms?Are uniforms superior or inferior?Many people have a different opinion on this topic.Can uniforms be used for good purposes? Sure, but think about all the cons over pros.Uniforms are a terrible decision for schools for three main reasons: it doesn”t allow students to express themselves properly,the cost of uniforms is very expensive,and many people have said it has helped with the crime rate and attendance but there is no evidence of that(“school uniforms pros and cons”). Expression of Individuality When a child wears a uniform does it justify their freedom of individuality.No, it’s said to not let kids show individuality because all the students are wearing the same thing.They can’t wear jeans and a tee- shirt, or sweatpants to be lazy.It is also said that students will find other ways to express themsleves.This could be in the form of tattooing, piercings, or crazy died hair.The way children decide to express themsleves may be more disracting than uniforms.Some kids may be already nervous about going to school and talking to new people, uniforms may lessen students comfort level even more(pros and cons of uniforms).Dress codes are horrible and uniforms are boring. Kids should be creative with what they wear, and they can't do that with a uniform. This last explanation of why uniforms are terrible was said by a thirteen year old from Pennsylvania named Lila.This explanation hits the nail right on the head.If you ask a around most students are going to say the same thing.