Dress Codes in Schools
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Dress Codes in Schools
Dress codes in schools can have a huge impact on our kid’s futures and lives. Enforcing dress codes in public schools have been debated on for many years now. Some say especially the teenagers think it’s just another rule for them to follow and another way the school can take away their individually. On the other side of the spectrum studies have shown that dress codes can decrease school violence and increase learning. As a parent in a state that has a high number of gangs and violence in schools and a low number of graduates, I strongly agree with the dress code in schools.
Students in schools are bullying their fellow peers for many reasons but a main reason is the different social classes and if a child is or isn’t wealthy enough to look a certain way. This bullying is causing violence. “About 20 percent of teens had been made fun of by a bully, 18 percent of teens had rumors or gossip spread about them, 11 percent were physically bullied” (Waters, 2011).
There are many reasons why a bully attacks, one of the biggest reasons would be the physical appearance of their peers. Their clothes are part of that physical appearance; some families can’t afford those designer clothes, so they get picked on because of that. A way to reduce the visible difference between the wealthy and the poor with children would be to have a dress code because every student will have the same color and type of clothing on.
Back in the early to mid 90’s a hit television sit-com, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air featured Will Smith as the main character. His mother forced him to move from the projects in Philadelphia to live with his very successful aunt and uncle in the “high toned” suburb of Los Angeles, Bel-Air. Although he was in general a “good kid” in the show, he was definitely a bit of a rebel. He and his cousin, ...
Gangs are being recognized in schools because of what they are wearing by certain brands or colors, if students were made to have a dress code this wouldn’t be taking place in schools. “Every two years in America, as many people are killed by handguns alone as were killed during the Vietnam War” (Gangs in, 2011).
Imagine your child in school being attacked by a gang because of what they wore. Many kids today are being attacked by gangs because of their designer clothes and expensive shoes. If every child in the school had to wear the same outfit this wouldn’t be a problem and we would start to see a decrease in gangs forming in the schools.
Dress codes will decrease school violence and will also increase the academic achievements with the kids. Dress codes encourage students to express themselves through their academic achievements rather than through the appearance that everyone sees in an everyday dressed day of school. With dress codes students are more focused on their teacher teaching the lesson than the clothing that their fellow student is wearing next to them.
If dress codes decrease school violence and increase academics I strongly agree that it is a must to make them affective in all public schools. Violence in schools is on a high; if there is a way to reduce violence by just adding a dress code, why not enforce it. Do you want your child to be a member of a gang or be bullied by a peer because you as a parent can’t afford a designer pair of jeans? No parent wants their child to be bullied because of the way they dress or because of the money they lack. Also most parents’ dreams are for their children to achieve in school so they can achieve their own dreams in the future.
Gangs in america. (2011) National Center of Victims of Crime. Washington, D.C. Retrieved from
The problem of gangs is growing, and not only in major city centers. The Justice Department says there are now 30, 000 gangs with more than 800, 000 members. The National Youth Gang Centre (NYG C), which conducts an annual survey that is funded by the Justice Department, concedes that every town of 250, 000 people now has a gang problem. Many young adults who join gangs may do it for the following ...
Waters, Bill. (2011).
Overall statistics on school, cyber bullying. NewsOXY. Retrieved from