Should Students Bel Allowed to Wear School Uniforms

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Should students be required to wear a uniform to school? That is the question that has been raised for discussion here today. Private schools have long been known for having school uniform policies. Now some public schools such as ours are deciding whether they want their students to wear a school uniform. Some people argue that requiring students to dress a certain way takes away their sense of creativity and individuality. However, there are several strong arguments in favor of schools requiring school uniforms. Wearing a school uniform can cause some students to take their responsibilities more seriously. If they wear the same clothes to school that they wear when they go to the mall with their friends, they may have the same laid back attitude in both places. Wearing "work clothes" to school can change the students' frame of mind to a more serious attitude that is focused on study. School uniforms can also lessen the negative effects of class status. In some schools you are only popular if you wear the latest fashions and trends. Students are sometimes left out or even teased if they are unable or unwilling to pay to dress the way the popular students are dressing. Requiring students to wear a school uniform levels the playing field by reducing the implied class status that is created when only certain students can buy the most expensive clothes. Not only is teasing decreased, but violence can also be prevented at schools that have a required uniform. Gang violence is becoming more prevalent at schools around the country. Sometimes fights can start over someone wearing the "wrong color" or gang symbol. There have even been instances of gang members sneaking into schools to recruit or harass students. Required school uniforms can reduce fighting among students and prevent outsiders from being able to get into the school undetected. Some opponents of

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