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Why Students Shouldn't Wear Uniforms

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Lance Sewell

on 12 June 2015

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Mandatory uniforms have no positive effect on behavior, academic achievement, and emphasize the socioeconomic disparities they are intended to disguise. They keep students from expressing who they are through the way they dress, but are forced to wear what everyone else is wearing, causing lack of self-esteem and pride (procon.org).
School uniforms cause student violence to increase in school where uniforms are mandatory. A 1999 Texas Southern University study found that school discipline incidents rose by about 12% after the introduction of uniforms. Fights in middle schools nearly doubled within one year of introducing mandatory uniforms. A study found that there were no positive effects on tenth grade exams, the results of the study were actually negative (procon.org).
Why Students Shouldn't Wear Uniforms
Lance Sewell
June 2015

There are many reasons for this current generation of students to not wear school uniforms, because they do more bad than good in a school community, and create financial and personal problems for both parents and students (globalpost).
School uniforms are too bland. They cause students to feel too mature for their age. School uniforms have been around for about 2000 years. Greek and Roman students were required to wear certain clothing to lessons.
Even with uniforms, parents would still need to purchase "regular" clothes for when students are not in school, thus creating an additional expense. School's in New Jersey reported the average cost for families to purchase uniforms is about $300 per student each year. In this particular district, averaging over $700,000 in additional funds (globalpost).
Wearing school limits the rights of the students freedom of expression. The First Amendment prohibits of making any law against the freedom of the people. The US Supreme Court stated in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District that "it can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate,"(procon.org).
Common dress can also make students feel like they belong to the school community, increase pride and even improve attendance. When a student can dress the way they feel , they feel more pride in who they are in their school community (procon.org).
When students have to wear the same outfits, rather than being allowed to select clothes that suit their body types, they suffer from embarrassment at school. Students find wearing uniforms less comfortable than their regular clothes, which may not be conductive to learning (procon.org).
Although 90 percent of the students indicated they did not like wearing uniforms. Child and teen development specialist Robyn Silverman told NBC News Today that students, especially girls, tend to compare how each other looks in their uniforms. Students do not like wearing the same thing everyday. The average student is constantly changing, growing up, wearing the same thing everyday will lead them to think that all life has to offer them is the same thing everyday (unr.edu).
Wearing uniforms should be optional to the students and the parents. What students wear reflect who they are at home, and it also reflects who their parents are, and how they raise their child. If a student wears expensive clothes, it shows that the parents are wealthy enough to afford to send their kids to school with such expensive materials on them. If a student wears dirty clothes, they live in a dirty home. But if students have to constantly wear what they don't want to wear they'll begin to rebel, or become who they don't want to be in life (writingmatters.com).
Students have the right to express themselves in however they want. If they choose to express themselves in their fashion and attitude, let them. You can't force them to wear who they aren't, you can't take away their voice of utterance before they have one to speak for themselves with. Students need to excel in who they are, in every way possible. If they have no room to grow in themselves because they have to way to be themselves, how will they excel in their own life when they grew up living in confinement and thralldom.
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