Uniforms: The Superman for Schools
In one school, after school uniforms were implemented, school-related crime dropped 36%! I believe that school uniforms are good for students, parents, and teachers because they help break down barriers between the “cool” and the “un-cool”, they make students safer, and they relieve stress on the family.
Many people who are against uniforms say that uniforms take away students’ freedom of expression, crushing their creativity and stifling their individualism. However, school uniforms actually help students to interact more with each other. The main reason popular kids form cliques which reject other “losers” is because they all have fashionable, name-brand clothing, such as Hollister or Ugg. The students who cannot afford to buy this expensive clothing are cast out and harassed by the rest of the school, which can lead to several problems: low self-esteem, depression, and a feeling of inferiority. With school uniforms, though, everyone is put on the same level, since no uniform is more stylish than the next. The limiting barrier that non-uniform schools create is broken and allows children to interact with each other more freely. Thus, because students no longer look at each other based on what they wear, students begin to judge others based on their character and ability, rather than their external appearance. This would increase all students’ self-esteem and would help them concentrate more on their schoolwork and tests, rather than what they will wear tomorrow.
To What Extent Should High School Students be allowed to Exercise Freedom of Speech While on Campus I think that nowadays to deal with an issue of students free speech rights is a tough problem for High School administrators. The matter is that students free speech is protected by the First Amendment. Thus it means that students are allowed to exercise free speech while on campus. But what should ...
Not only do uniforms break down barriers between the popular and unpopular, they also make students safer in school. For example, when students are all wearing different clothing, it is very difficult for a teacher to spot an outsider or an intruder in the school. On the other hand, because uniforms are only sold to students of the particular school, a trespasser can be easily seen and dealt with because they wear different clothing. Also, when students wear fashionable and often expensive clothing, they become targets for theft and assault. Uniforms would decrease the number of times a student was attacked for their shoes or their jacket. Accessories like handbags, purses, necklaces, or bangles, or baggy attire could conceal weapons, a problem we wouldn’t have with uniforms.
In addition to breaking down barriers between the popular and unpopular and making students safer, uniforms also relieve stress on the entire family. With regular clothes, as the season goes by and fads change, the student demands new, and often expensive, clothes to fit in with the rest of the crowd in school. Clothes for just one year can cost hundreds of dollars. For low-income families, this can cause splits in the family as the parents argue with the student over what clothes that they can afford and what they can’t. Conversely, three to four uniforms can last an entire school year, and only cost about one hundred dollars. Even if the family cannot afford this, there are many funds that can assist the student financially, as well as free hand-me-downs from students who have already graduated.
As Ben Franklin said, “The school uniforms are a good thing. My wife won’t have to fight about clothes.” School uniforms may not be the perfect solution for all school-related disagreements, but they are an excellent step towards stopping school crime.