If students become apathetic about attending school, they will reap the consequences of a poor education and, in turn, will not attain a degree. The question, though, is not so much as how do we make them [students] go to school, but why are they not attending school? Many would answer that these particular students are delinquents or the stereotype that children and teens despise school, but, the issue may be more complex that that. Bullying and clothing choices may or may not have something to do with lack of attendance. In this case, uniforms could greatly improve attendance records due to the roadblock uniforms put in place between issues at school and lack of attendance.
The opposition claims that school uniforms reprimand students of their ability to show fashion and style. However, school is an environment purposed for learning, and while it may be entertaining to show fashion and style, certain clothing can be distracting ("FactsPlusLogic"). By not regulating such unnecessary distractions, the academic status of the school could become skewed. Surely, schools who do not implement uniforms in their systems are contradicting the purpose of the learning environment itself. Opposing viewpoints might also claim that the prices for school uniforms are too expensive for families of low income ("Pros and Cons").
The effects shown throughout, seem very negative for the students and their families, while schools think this is a positive effect that can solve numerous problems in today’s schools. School uniforms are also technically negative in a political way, because they go against the first amendment, since uniforms violate a student’s freedom of expression in what they wear. Bullying and distractions seem like they increase compared to the positive expectations of the school faculty. Looks like banning school uniforms would a great idea, because the negative effects seem greater than the positive
“More substantive improvements to public education could be achieved with smaller class sizes, tightened security, increased parental involvement, improved facilities, and other measures. This is saying that there is a lot bigger issues that the school should be focusing on and having uniforms is not going to make a change so why have them. Uniforms increase violent attacks because kids are unhappy with themselves because of what they are wearing. So they decide to take there anger out by being violent to others. Even though proponents of school uniforms might say that school uniforms will help fix the problem.
Twenty-three percent of all public and private schools in the United States require their students to wear a uniform (Statistic Brain). Many schools have trouble with having sufficient funds to keep them going, so they start requiring the students to wear uniforms. If the school bought the uniforms in bulk, many companies would give them a discount. That would allow the students’ parents to spend less money on buying them without a discount from the company themselves. By doing so, the school can raise money to help pay certain bills and expenses that they may have.
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.
Uniforms average from one hundred to six hundred dollars for a few outfits. Clothing gets torn, worn out, and stolen making parents pay another remarkable amount of money on uniforms. This does not help parents/guardians already struggling to support their family and child's education. Uniforms also make enforcing the number of increased rules difficult. Some may say, uniforms are cheaper because parents do not have to buy normal clothes.
Students become upset when judged by how they dress, so why not make things simpler and provide uniforms? Worrying about how they dress is a huge distraction during school for students. Making the importance of their appearance brings stress to one’s body, and that is not the right way to go for a student who is trying to succeed in school. There is a slightly high percentage of how many schools require uniforms, and it brings a sense unity within the students. We should take charge in this situation and make school a safer environment for students.
You have to pay for shirts and pants that both cost the same price. School uniforms can cause problems with money. Some of the poorer families struggle to keep up with the costs as the start to rise. School uniforms start to take a toll by subtracting money for clothing that is worn for 5 days a week. It can become harder to provide for your family when you are paying so much money for your child.Even though school uniforms teach students discipline, they still can’t help with the cost issue for school uniforms.
It is impossible to weigh out the pros and cons because people’s opinions about all of them are so different. For example, one person may think students expressing themselves with the clothes they wear is important and someone else might say that it’s meaningless they can still express themselves outside of school. There are counter arguments to many if not all of the points. But after conducting research I have concluded that uniforms do help out academics, and cut down bullying in schools. On the other hand, it works against families that cannot afford the high prices that come with bringing uniforms into schools.