School Uniforms On Student Achievement And Self Esteem

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Implications of School Uniforms on Student Achievement and Self-Esteem Over the past decade school reform policy has taken a step towards pushing sameness in school settings. This is evidenced by the adoption of the common core standards, replicating charter school models, and the recent increase in the utilization of school uniforms. There appears to be an assumption that if students are taught the same standards, experience the same school culture, wear the same clothes, their schooling experience will harvest a higher level of academic achievement. According to the 2015 United States News study, only one out of the top ten ranked high schools in the nation mandate school uniforms. Embedded in the same study were the results of the top ten high schools in Illinois, none of which require students to wear uniforms. The highest performing students in the nation and the state of Illinois are not wearing uniforms to school on a daily basis. This trend is something that needs to be further explored because the populations that disproportionately wear school uniforms are schools that have a significantly high poverty rate. In fact, 47% of high-poverty public schools reported requiring school uniforms, compared to 6% of low poverty public schools (U.S. Department of Education, 2014). Due to this, there is a need for research that studies the impact school uniforms have on student achievement as this is a impending threat to educational equity. Purpose of the Study This research paper seeks to analyze the affect that wearing school uniforms has on the academic performance and self-esteem of students in their junior year of high school. By performing a study that has both quantitative and qualitative components, we can gain a rich und... ... middle of paper ... ...ent achievement. The goal of any schooling system is to ensure that students have the opportunity to achieve at their highest possible level; uniforms could hinder or perpetuate this reality. Potential Limitations There are few limitations to this study that need to be acknowledged. It might be particularly challenging to find as many students to participate in the study as necessary since their participation is dependent on parental consent since the majority of students will still be minors in their junior year of high school. Additionally, the qualitative part of this study can be somewhat limiting since it is difficult to compare and quantify feelings. Finally, coding the in person interviews can be challenging since there is not a clear hypothesis or answer researchers are searching for. Rather, they are trying to gather sufficient data to form a solid theory.
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