Uniforms: Dress for Success in School

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Uniforms: Dress for Success in School “If it means that the school rooms will be more orderly and more disciplined, and that our young people will learn to evaluate themselves by what they’re wearing on the outside, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear uniforms.” –Bill Clinton (Mitchell). In recent years, more and more public schools have started implementing uniforms on their campuses. As a result, a great debate has been created regarding the importance of school uniforms. Many people believe that school uniforms are important to show cohesiveness. Others believe it stifles individuality. However, in most cases it seems the pros outweigh the cons. School uniforms need to be implemented in public schools because they eliminate pressure to be trendy or fashionable, help school officials to keep campuses safe and allow students to focus more closely on academics. School age children are very impressionable and will often do whatever is necessary to be liked by their peers. Many times they will wear clothes that are inappropriate or pressure parents to spend extra money on designer labels. Sometimes students will make these decisions to simply avoid being bullied at school for not being trendy enough. Students that only have the option to wear uniforms have less of a burden showing off brand names or certain styles to peers. For example, a pre-teen girl wouldn’t have the pressure of wearing short shorts or carry a Coach handbag just to impress her friends or get attention from boys. Additionally, schools will have less violence and see discipline increase among students because they will not have issues with anger or jealously based on what others are wearing. According to Candis McLean, a study in Long Beach, California shows that a public school reported a decrease in violence and discipline problems since

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