School Uniforms

School Uniforms shouldn't be banned.


In the word “uniform”, uni- means “one”, and school uniforms show that “we are one”. A lot of students disagree with the school uniforms because they think they can’t show their personality and that they will not have freedom of speech and expression. They also say as long as they follow the dress codes, the uniforms should not be mandatory. But, do uniforms really have anything to do with showing their personality? Also, do students follow the dress codes that their school provided? If they cannot take the freedom the school gave them, they should not have freedom. Back in 1980-90s, they didn't have mandatory school uniforms and states of United States didn't force them to follow the dress codes nor have the dress codes. However, students started disobeying, making rules even more strict. It would be the students themselves who made the uniforms mandatory. Uniforms should be mandatory for all the states in America. School uniforms can help students to focus on their studies and curb the school violence.

All students should be treated by their inside, not their outsides like clothing.

By making uniforms mandatory, students who do not have enough money to buy those brand clothes do not have to worry about their looks. A lot of people judge people on their clothing which they know it is a bad thing but will never stop. In April of 1999, a horrible thing happend because of bullying. Two-gun-wielding students at Columbine High School shot 12 students, and a teacher. Later, the student was found to be bullied by some peers. They were judged by what they were wearing. To avoid these events and discriminations, all the states in America should have mandatory uniforms so that we can decrease the gap between rich and poor students.

Why not focus on studies instead?

From research, more than 60% of students have a hard time trying to decide on what to wear in the morning. Why don't they spend those time studying? By making the uniforms mandatory, students don't even have to bother to look at their closet and spend so much time on deciding what to wear. They can always just put on their uniforms and eat breakfast or spend some time studying instead. Almost half of adults and teachers support mandatory school uniforms. They say that the students had better attendance, better grades, and had more efforts when they had mandatory school uniforms because they did not have the distractions. To not waste student's time in the morning, the mandatory school uniforms are needed.

School Unifroms Do Not Stifle Freedom of Expression

Students want to pick heir own clothes because they want to show their expressions. However, we are not forcing students to wear political or religious symbols. Students are not going to design their uniforms when they get into the sports team. Therefore, this can't be really part of First Amendment.


The violences at school is very known. It can cause the victims to die or cause serious damage. Also, a lot of students do not put effort on their assignment and give up too easily these days. They care more about their looks, brands, and other people's judgements. All the states of United States should make the school uniforms mandatory because it helps you to focus on your studies and curb the violences.
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