School Uniforms

The Next Step in Future Education

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Introduction

School Uniforms have already made their way into adult society today. They provide a sense of professionalism and unity to businesses, which is why many careers require them today. Originally, uniforms were only popular in private schools (Gale "School Uniforms") But, school districts, public and private, have already begun implementing uniform policies in their schools. The popularity of school uniforms has been and still is rising. Yet, the debate over school uniform policy has also been rising. However, the facts clearly show that school uniform policies are worth implementing.

Claim

School uniform policies are beneficial to schools districts since they provide a means of preventing violence in schools, and also contribute to further excellence within the schools.

Violence Prevention

Uniforms are shown through studies to prevent violence. They can help encourage discipline. School Uniforms prevent gangs from entering schools, as well as helping identifying intruders in schools. They also diminish socioeconomic barriers between students (Hamilton). All these factors help prevent violence in schools. Gang violence decreases if gang presence is non-existent in schools. When socioeconomic barriers are gone, there will not have to be fights, bullying, or any other kind of violence since different socioeconomic classes will not be differentiated with uniforms. When discipline is instilled, less and less cases of rules being broken will occur. Also, uniforms help identify students on field trips ("School Uniforms", 2014). This means prevention of possible violence off-site of the school. In conclusion, since uniforms prevent school violence, they benefit schools.
This video gives statistics on how school violence affects schools themselves.
School Violence

School Excellence

Uniforms have also been proven through studies to improve academic excellence within schools. Attendance in schools goes up when school uniform policies are in place (Hamilton). This means that more students will be in school, so they may learn more, and be academically stronger. Uniform are confirmed to contribute to school spirt. They also make dress code enforcing easier for administrators. Research shows that school uniforms can improve test scores in schools (Daniels). When school spirit increases, student do not worry as much about how others view them. This allows students to focus more on their studies. When administrators are not so busy enforcing dress code rules, they can focus on further bettering the school academically. In addition, when test scores are improved, it improves the community's view towards the school, further improving the excellence of the school. To conclude, uniforms are beneficial by the way they provide a means of academic excellence to schools.

Conclusion

School uniforms are overall beneficial for schools. This is shown through the many studies and articles that show how uniforms benefit schools. Through the prevention of violence and the excellence of schools achieved, schools uniforms are beneficial for schools. School uniforms are also constitutional. If school uniforms have worked in furthering schools in other countries, (such as Finland and South Korea), then why shouldn't the United States implement uniform policies today?

Works Cited

Daniels, Stephen. "School Dress Codes Are Necessary and Constitutional." Students' Rights. Ed. Jamuna Carroll. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2005. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Student Dress Policies: The Success of School Uniforms and Dress Codes." Findings (May 2001). Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.
Fetzer, Kent J. "School Uniforms Stifle Freedom of Expression." School Policies. Ed. Jamuna Carroll. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2008. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Erosion of Freedom." Salt Lake Tribune 18 Apr. 2002: F2. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.
Hamilton, Jill. Dress Codes in Schools. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2008. Print.
"School Uniforms." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Mar. 2015.