Uniform Policy : A Positive And Negative Effects

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Uniform Policy The uniform policies in today’s schools are viewed as having some positive and negative effects, who you ask determines what answer you get. Students often have more of a negative opinion towards uniforms, while teachers and school administrators have more of a positive opinion towards the uniforms. Uniforms can resolve some of the negative social aspects for students and reduce disciplinary actions in the schools. Along the same lines uniforms and uniforms violations can be taken too far by teachers. In 1996, President Bill Clinton from Arkansas endorsed school uniforms in a State of the Union addresses (Eppinger 1). Several years later Beauregard Parish School Board adopted parish wide uniform policy, similar to that of President Clinton’s policy. The basics of the policy is that all students must wear an appropriate colored and styled polo shirt or blouse/dress shirt, khaki shorts or pant (with no cargo pockets), white or black socks, and lastly shoes with backs. Pull overs have to be school colors, Jackets cannot be below the knees, and belts must be worn. At all times there should not be any identifying logos. Principals of the schools can determine if school t-shirts can be worn and can decide on free-dress days. (“South,” 3). Supporters of the school uniform policy report that students are more focused in school. With all students being in uniforms there is less distraction in the class room from faddish clothes. Students are less likely to disrupt the classroom time, by discussing their clothes. The uniform once donned, would get the student in the frame of mind that everything should be “down to business (Eppinger 2). More focused attention is placed on studies than on seeking peer approval. Stude... ... middle of paper ... ...f deciding what clothes to wear, however, this does not teach the budding students how to make quick and decisive decisions. The emphasis is on making it easy for moms and dads to get their student off to school in a timely manner. Students loose so much of decision making and time management skills when forced into uniforms. (Eppinger 3) Having a stringent uniform policy in a high school has its pros and cons, but is it really preparing students for the future? Some researchers would agree that the uniform policy does help students in the future, in the work force and social events. It teaches the students a dress code and the safety behind having the correct uniform and the consequences of not having the correct uniform. On the other hand students would argue against this stating how, “It doesn’t help learning in anyway.” Can the pros really outweigh the cons?
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