In schools that require uniforms the student body all look like the same person, very bland and boring people. This is not what American society is; we are casual dressing, diverse people. Dressing casually and showing diversity in our fashion is the best way to recognize students as individual people, showing our American culture – not as part of "those people." Though some may argue that some students dress sloppily or immodestly, most districts have dress codes that students do have to follow, which helps this. Although, most students do take pride in themselves and strive to look nice in a variety of clothing, dressing even quite formally sometimes, because they want to look good, and it makes them feel good about themselves.
Kent J. Fetzer expressed, “Our biggest problem with a school uniform policy is the anti-individuality message it sends.” He feels students lose their freedom when forced to conform to only certain apparels. He believes in letting students experience freedom in order to learn how to act responsibly. I strongly believe teens need to learn how to act responsibly at a young age to develop skills for the future, but I refuse to believe that uniforms take away individuality. In contrast to Fetzer’s beliefs, Mike Kelly proclaimed, "Uniforms instill discipline, help students focus on their studies and eliminate pressure on parents to outfit their kids." He believes uniforms help parents as well as the students.
Fear of the Unknown 2.10 Spencer Aksland Assignment 10.2 Part 2: Persuasive Essay IS17501986 Why are students forced to wear school uniforms? Uniforms are an unneeded tool of conformity used in schools today to rob students of their freedom of self-expression. Students express their creativity through their clothing and appearance. No school has the right to strip us of our individuality. It is important to let students to wear what they please because it shows others that they are different from everybody else and not just another drone in the system.
(“Point: The High Cost of School Uniforms”). If all PA public schools require students to wear uniforms, then the schools would be taking away freedom of expression during the week. Students in school who are growing up and transitioning to an adult world need to know how to live their own lives and be themselves, because eventually they won’t have someone there with them, helping them through things in life. Being themselves also means being able to express themselves the way the wish to. School uniforms are not only items that cause a lack of freedom of expression but also a largely ineffective way to help solve the problems they were meant to.
Having a mandatory uniform limits teenager’s creativity and their expressive side. Lastly, the uniform can be harmful to schools image because some schools may have nicer uniforms than others causing other schools to envy them and not feel equal and uniforms are all about making everyone equal. Students will most likely be in their uniforms after school hours. If some students are caught up in bad behavior it can make the school look bad and gain a reputation. Also, when students don't agree with the uniform they wear many of them alter
Anel Zequera April 11, 2011 Mrs. Nunez English 1301 Uniform Policy Uniform policies can be very brutal and too strict. Many high schools choose to have uniforms so that students can focus more on school academics and not in the way they look or dress. Schools try to do what’s best for the student, not for punishment; without all of these rules, what can I school do to help out their students education and future? School uniforms should be allowed because it helps the students concentrate on the work and not what another student looks like or how they are capable of dressing. School uniforms are to be used to limit skin exposure and anything gang related to prevent anything that might harm students or symbolize anything unsafe.
There are many different reasons why schools should not force kids to wear them, but we think the three most important are, it doesn’t teach children how to get along with others, uniforms do not effect the students’ performance in school, and most importantly, it doesn’t prevent bullying from happening. The first reason why uniforms are not helpful in school, is that it doesn’t teach kids how to get along with others. For example, “It teaches kids that if you want to get along with other people, you must conform to the same standards.” Says an unnamed author, from the article “Arguments About Uniforms” on www.anglefire.com/ca/bygranite/uniforms/args.html/ . This is a great example, because it deals with one of the biggest issues in schools today, “fitting in”. And if you let kids think this way when they’re young, they will think this way for the rest of their life.
Teaching Tolerance in America In the essay Teaching Tolerance in America, Author Dudley Erskine Devlin touches on the problem with the teenagers in U.S high schools “not appreciating and welcoming the differences in culture, race heritage and personal identity.” He describes how this problem is coming from bullies and the social elite cliques that single out the differences in others in order to “ridicule, taunt, or even bully another group.” Administration and faculty not seeing the severity of the problem, and not holding students accountable for the disparaging remarks and behaviors against one another is also mentioned as being a problem in his eyes. “Liberal solutions”, like talking about diversity issues in class, and having sensitivity training are not the answer, according to Devlin. Dress codes, gender segregation, id tags, more video cameras, drug sniffing dogs and anti riot trained faculty are the solutions Devlin says will effectively address the problem of Intolerance, and prejudice. Devlin cites facts from several different books throughout his article, and believes that “the class system that is perpetuated by student cliques is the most important problem in our high schools today. There are some really strong contradictions in Devlin's article.
First, mandating uniforms in public schools can prevent kids from getting bullied. Bullying is a big issue in schools nowadays. Kids can be so critical when it comes to judging others. Kids will judge other kids by what they’re wearing, if kids don’t wear certain brand names they’re not considered part of the cool kids and they will exclude them from their group. Kids who wear uniforms don't have to worry about what people think about their outfit and they can focus more on their studies and schoolwork.
Uniforms show unique fashion, help financially, and improve social skills. Many people argue that wearing a uniform; will not show the creative side of their children. There are many different ways of showing the stylish side while wearing a uniform. Many public and private schools today show students wearing low-cut jeans, revealing cleavage, or baggy pants. Even wearing a uniform a student can accessorize without revealing too much skin.