Should We Have School Uniforms?

Are School Uniforms necessary to have?


The debate over school uniforms has continued for many years. Both sides have good and sound reasons for their views. Those that are against uniforms believe that it stifles a student’s right to express himself. They also contend that they are a financial burden for families, and that they are only a small “band-aid” for some big wounds in the public school system. The advocates for school uniforms point to many benefits when it comes to the wearing of uniforms. They point to better grades and test scores among students. They point to improved class moral when envy from those who wear expensive clothes is eliminated. Most importantly they point to a decrease in violence and improved atmosphere.

Uniforms Help Students

Violence in schools is decreased tremendously when a uniform program is put in place. Fighting had decreased 51 percent, drug use had decreased 69 percent, and sex offenses were down 74 percent according to the research that was done in 1995. Uniforms cancel irritation between the students and make all of them look similar. Uniforms also keep gang colors from entering into the school. It is easier for the teachers to identify students on field trips. Wealthy people can’t show off with uniforms. Uniforms decrease discipline problems and violent incidents. Uniforms are a good reduce of violence.

Most Students Think it is a Bad Idea

Most students say it is bad idea to have school uniforms. School uniforms are not a bad idea because school uniforms is an improve on the atmosphere. It helps students express themselves on the inside not thought their clothes. Uniforms make students more responsible for their actions. In 1996 State of the Union Address, president Clinton said, “If it means that school rooms will be more orderly and more disciplined, and that our young people will learn to evaluate themselves by what they are on the inside, instead of they’re wearing on the outside, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms.” Behaviors start to improve and students start to pay more attention on their studies. Uniforms also make teachers happy when they teach because of the students focus. Uniforms are not a bad idea to have.

Yes To School Uniforms or not?

Decrease in violence and improved atmosphere take place with uniforms. Uniforms show better grades and improved test scores by the students. Wearing of expensive clothes is eliminated and class moral is improved. They can express what the inside of the student is. Uniforms are also a financial burden for families. Uniforms are a really important thing to have for students to focus on school work.

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